Two kindergartners were yanked from separate charter schools after staff deemed them too troubled to attend, their lawyer and parents said...The students — one of them on her first day at a new school — were removed after being placed on so-called “psychiatric suspensions,” according to Nelson Mar, who is representing the two families.In 5-year-old Brianna Pena’s case, relatives say the Bronx girl was probably just anxious because she had just been transferred to the Harriet Tubman Charter School. She didn’t know anyone there and her surroundings were new...The medical staff at Lincoln Hospital found there was nothing wrong with the girl and within days she was allowed back inside the school.Soon after, the girl was left unsupervised and found wandering outside the building...Generally, schools are required to evaluate students with special needs or behavior problems. Then the schools are supposed to address the students’ needs through counseling or other means...“The concern here is that schools may be pathologizing typical childhood behavior simply because a kindergartner is having trouble separating from their parents for the first time,” said Mar, of Legal Services NYC — Bronx...
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“Charter schools boot 2 ‘troubled’ kindergartners; Disciplined kids given psychiatric suspensions.” NY Daily News, 4/30/2012