Desk for Washington student with special needs moved to school bathroom

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An 11-year-old Washington state boy with autism is furious that his school desk was moved to a bathroom.

It wasn't a prank. Danielle Goodwin said her son, Lucas, has autism and an autoimmune disorder, so he does best in a quiet place.

Goodwin told KOMO she talked it over with the teacher but when she brought her son to Whatcom Middle School on Monday, the solution was the bathroom.

“Sad, stressed, embarrassed,” Lucas told the ABC affiliate in Seattle. “I was like how is this happening? How am I in the bathroom? Why?”

The 11-year-old’s desk was over a toilet. His mom said the teacher also gave him a camping mat to nap on the bathroom floor.

“I was stunned,” Danielle Goodwin said. “I was so shocked I just took the picture because I didn’t believe what I was seeing.”

Goodwin asked if there was another option, but she said the teacher told her no.

“It’s not an appropriate place for anyone, but especially for Lucas with his PANDAS condition, he can’t be around germs. That’s something that can really affect his body,” said Danielle Goodwin. “It smelled and just the thought of my son working his school day away in a bathroom was disturbing to me.”

She immediately took Lucas home and he said he doesn’t want to go back to school.

A spokeswoman with the Bellingham Public School told KOMO News space has been an issue at the school and the desk was set up last weekend.

The spokeswoman released the following statement:

“I can tell you that we are aware of the situation, and that we have taken immediate steps to remove the desk depicted in the photo and ensure that this space is not used as a learning space.

"While we aren’t able to share specific details about our students, we can tell you that keeping our students safe and engaged in learning are our top priorities.

"We received a complaint this morning, and we are continuing to investigate.”

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