Teen with Down syndrome closer to Westhampton school admittance

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An impartial hearing officer appointed by the state concluded last week that Westhampton Beach School District violated the educational rights of a 15-year-old with Down syndrome.

Christian Killoran has been fighting for his son, Aiden, to be a full-time student in the school district for three years.

When Aiden was finishing sixth grade at Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School – the last grade offered there – Christian says the Westhampton Beach district wouldn't let him into the middle school. He says the district suggested sending Aiden to another public school equipped to teach special-needs students.

After the Killorans began to sue the district, Westhampton Beach created a special-needs class for seventh-grade students. Christian says the district still won't let Aiden in because he's going into ninth grade.

At last week’s hearing, the district was ordered to apply for an age variance that would essentially allow Aiden to enter the special-needs class.

Christian says he heard from the school district Wednesday morning and says they are appealing the decision.

News 12 reached out to the district for a comment, but it didn’t comment due to ongoing litigation.

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