Growing Up At School

I just think teachers need to know more about it. They don't really know.

They [teachers] just sort of think it's alright just give you some painkillers or something or just send you home, but they don't actually talk to you about it or anything you know.

My PE teacher makes me do things I don't want to do, because it hurts, and she hasn't listened to me and let me do what I want. She makes me do things that ache my leg.

I was at was a fairly big school and they'd got no downstairs classrooms . . . . Downstairs were all the gyms, the swimming pool, offices, assembly halls, that sort of thing and the most they could do was clear out a storeroom for me. That was no good, so I had a bit of tuition at home and then I was sent to a unit, right across town. It was like for naughty boys and girls. It was where all the waggers and expelled kids got sent to. I was chucked in with them.

Well my school's quite big, so it's hard to get about it, but you've got to go from one room to another, which are always quite far apart, a lot of stairs and things—it's hard to get up and downstairs all the time.

It was always like the big thing you came to exams because you're writing slow. I constantly had to write in capitals. I couldn't write joined up. It was awkward.

I got bullied very badly which led me to have quite bad mental problems. I had a nervous breakdown and so I was moved to a school for disabled children.

1 was moved to a school for disabled children and so it was just a natural course that when you came to the end of your schooling years you were advised as to disabled colleges for disabled people, ... They seem to go more on the negative side of things rather than positive You've got to go to a college for disabled people because the mainstream cannot cope with you—not that you can't cope with mainstream, mainstream cannot cope with you. So I went to a residential college for disabled children and lived there for

2 years in the college... . I couldn't cope with them, and they couldn't cope with me because they were used to people with cerebral palsy and spina bifida and all those sorts of things which have a set course. And so they couldn't cope with a fluctuating disability, and because it caused so many problems and I'd been told for so many years that mainstream couldn't cope with me— then a disabled college couldn't cope with me—I was thinking "Well nobody can cope with me then. What do I do?"

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