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Special needs students labeled with sticker

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S.A.N.D. School in Hartford, CT places stickers on special needs students S.A.N.D. School in Hartford, CT places stickers on special needs students

Matt Campbell

Hartford, CT -- A controversy over stickers in one Hartford school has ended with the superintendent apologizing.

Many times students in elementary school are rewarded with stickers, but in one case at the S.A.N.D School in Hartford, stickers were stuck on students who have special needs.

"The intention was the right one, the way it played out was definitely wrong," said Hartford School Superintendent Beth Schiavino. "Not acceptable, not in line with our values of equity and excellence in the Hartford Public Schools. It was an isolated incident and will not happen again."

Administrators said a one-time incident had students with special needs wearing green stickers, and students who were still learning English were marked with yellow stickers.

Students who had special needs and were still learning English had blue stickers, and the rest of the students had red and orange stickers.

Narvaez said the intention was to better identify children, but she admitted that it was handled in the wrong way.

"The intention was the right intention, to try and understand how we better meet the needs of our English language learners and special needs in our classrooms," Narvaez said.

Migdaly Cruz is the parent of a S.A.N.D student who has special needs and is still learning English.

She didn't know if her boy was labeled but said she is worried that singling out certain students could damage their confidence.

"They don't need a sticker to identify that kid. Teachers have to know each one of their kids," Cruz said.

Narvaez said there is an ongoing investigation into the incident.


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