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Why was your son making monkey noises?
How old is he?
Was he making the noises at the particular child who was walking by? And was that child of another race?
In that case all you can do is plead your son's case and ask them to take his special needs into consideration if you think they are a factor in his behaviour.
Unfortunately for now, the incident was witnessed by another adult and that adult has perceived it to be racist behaviour and reported it as such, so it stands to reason the school will act on that report. But as above, you should be able to plead your son's case.
And that is what you have to say to the school in order to plead your son's case. He has a right to defend himself over the accusation.
You should phone them and ask them to delay the punishment until you have had time to speak to them.
It isn't fair for him to be punished if he genuinely did not mean what was perceived.
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