The father of an autistic girl found shocking pictures of his young daughter locked up behind a child gate and crying, filed at her former school.
Alan Evans removed his 11-year-old daughter Jasmine from Tregolls School in Truro, Cornwall, U.K., two years ago after becoming concerned about the way staff were treating the then-nine-year-old.
Evans was able to access his daughter’s school records and was horrified to discover pictures of her locked up behind a child gate, crying and rolling on the floor.
1. As soon as he found the pictures, Evans removed Jasmine from the school and she is now home-educated.
2. The father of Jasmine Evans, an autistic girl from Lanner, Cornwall, U.K., was shocked to find photos of her crying and locked behind a child gate in her school file after he became concerned she was being badly treated.
The father has now released the pictures because he believes education officials do not want to investigate his daughter’s treatment. He said:
I saw the photographs and found them incredibly upsetting. She is behind a childproof gate, crying and on the floor in her underpants.
I think they should have been helping her instead of photographing her and as a result they’ve failed in their duty of care.
The images were taken in early 2013, when Jasmine was nine years old.
3. The father has now released the pictures because he believes education officials do not want to investigate his daughter’s treatment.
Evans believes that Tregolls School was compiling some kind of a file, in an effort to prove that she was difficult to manage. He said:
It was horrific. In the whole file there was no evidence of her being educated. It was all evidence gathering against her.
I have no idea why she was locked behind the gate. I don’t know whether it was meant to be punishment or not.
Just prior to that she was pictured on the floor in her knickers. It seems all they have done was take photos of a broken-hearted child.
I now know she is never going back to school again. Life is difficult for her and has been made doubly so.
I don’t think people realize stuff like this still goes on. I thought this sort of thing ended years ago.
Jasmine’s autism causes her to have speaking and behavioral problems.
4. One of the photos, which Evans believes were taken by school staff to document her behavior, shows the youngster lying on the floor.
5. Evans says authorities are not investigating why the photos were taken or how his daughter was treated.
The girl was excluded after she hurt a staff member in December 2012 and her parents acknowledge that she has behavioral issues. However, they believe that the school still let her down. Evans said:
Nobody will investigate this and I want to know why. I have approached the educational authorities and social services, neither of whom want to know.
A statement from Tregolls School reads:
This relates to a period of time when Jasmine was under the care of a different staff, head teacher and governing body than we have today.
As far as we are aware the school acted to the best of its ability at the time.
Jasmine left the school within the first four months of Tregolls Academy opening, when it was recommended that her needs would be best met by a specialist provision.
Tregolls School was put into special measures in 2011 and reopened in 2012 as an academy. We take the dignity and safety of all pupils very seriously as evidenced by our recent outstanding grade by Ofsted for safeguarding.
Cornwall Council would not comment on individual cases.
6. Alan Evans with his wife Janet and his autistic daughter Jasmine, now 11, at their home.
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