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Parents Upset over School Swap for Autistic Children

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Some parents are upset tonight after they were told their autistic child would be switching schools, but the Fargo school district says the move is in the best interest of the children.

A letter was sent out to 8 Fargo parents saying they would be relocating their autistic child from Lewis and Clark elementary in south Fargo to Washington located in the north part of town.

"It's one particular group with special needs. We are trying to meet the needs and the other space does a better job doing that," says Dr. Jeffrey Schatz, Fargo Schools Superintendent.

Dr. Schatz says they have more than one hundred students in the district with autism and they try to meet everyone's need they best they can.

"This other classroom space we have available at the other elementary school would do a better job for us and provide a better educational experience for those students," says Dr. Schatz.

While the school district says its in the best interest of the child parents say the move is frustrating and an inconvenience.

"If there was a child in a wheel chair they wouldn't switch their schools. They'd get accommodations in their own neighborhood school."

This mother says she doesn't think her child should have to move. 

"It's difficult to see people she's been with and now is going somewhere where she knows no one."

And while some parents are clearly upset by the recent news, the district is willing to address that concern.

"We are going to meet and hopefully parents will understand the need to do this," says Dr. Schatz.

The district will be holding a meeting with the parents at 6:00 Monday night.

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