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Education chief 'sorry' over autistic Northern Ireland boy's school plight

The chair of the Education Authority (EA) has apologised over the treatment of an autistic 10-year-old boy who has been out of school for six months
The chair of the Education Authority (EA) has apologised over the treatment of an autistic 10-year-old boy who has been out of school for six months
Lauren Harte

By Lauren Harte

The chair of the Education Authority (EA) has apologised over the treatment of an autistic 10-year-old boy who has been out of school for six months.

Sharon O'Connor says she is "deeply sorry" after it emerged that the EA was unable to place Micah McClure in a suitable school for his special needs.

Within minutes of Micah's story first being broadcast on Tuesday, the EA offered Micah two school places.

Yesterday, Ms O'Connor said that the EA is launching an investigation into Micah's case.

"I am deeply sorry that this has happened. I empathise with the parents and I, and my Board colleagues, will do all that we can for any parents in a similar situation.

"The Board is not involved in operational decisions involving any individual child.

"We did not know about the circumstances of this case until the story broke but I've requested a full briefing on this situation and other situations. I've also asked that the relevant EA Director and colleagues provide an explanation to the Board at the earliest possible opportunity."

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