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Parents Say Special Needs Child Neglected by School

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Parents say their special needs child is frightened to attend Riverview Charter school.

Six-year-old Lukas "LB" Moran has special needs and requires an aide to help care for him while he's in school.

His aide-- who is assigned to him by the school-- is supposed to help him in class, change his leg braces, take him to the bathroom, and so forth, but his parents say that's not happening.

"It's been a nightmare. My son has had severe anxiety over going to school. It started every morning at four a.m. to seven a.m. He would beg me, 'Please don't send me to school because of this certain person," said mother, Candi Moran. 

Moran says that certain person -- her son LB's special needs aide -- a "shadow" assigned to help him throughout the school day. They say LB has come home with bruises and even a sore from his leg braces not being changed.

"Initially we were trying to work things out amicably with the school district and the director, and that's why we called the meeting. Because the sore to the bone was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back, and I said enough is enough, it's time to change his shadow. She's not doing her job, she's neglectful of my blind son," said dad, Joe. 

The Moran's say they've tried to resolve this through the director, the board of trustees, and even the Beaufort County school board, but they've gotten no support. So they pulled LB out of school last month and don't plan to send him back until something changes.

"I don't want to put him back, he begs me. When we go there, and he sees her or he hears her, he says 'please mommy don't leave me or stay with me.' and I tried that and it didn't work. They asked me to leave, they told me I wasn't allowed to be there,"said Candi. 

"If you have a babysitter, and the child's afraid of the babysitter, what do you do? You change out the babysitter. All I'm asking them to do is change my sons paraprofessional," said Joe Moran.

The Moran's have hired an attorney and have a meeting with the Beaufort county school district later this week.

Despite their struggles they say they remain hopeful for some resolution.

As for the school they say they cannot comment on student affairs.

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