THE mother of a young autistic boy who, she says, was made to wear a high-visibility jacket during break times at his West Drayton school is taking it to court.

She has instructed law firm Simpson Millar to bring a claim for disability discrimination.

In February 2018, Joanne Logan, 43, learned her then six-year-old son, Charlie, was being made to wear the fluorescent bib while out playing at Cherry Lane Primary School.

She asked him why and he told her it was so his teachers knew he was autistic.

She claims she was never consulted and had not given her consent.

Soon after, she made the decision to move Charlie to a different school.

The mother of five was then upset to learn that a technical legal loophole, which says a claim must be bought within a certain period of time, could prevent her from holding the authorities responsible.

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But she says she will continue with her case, which will not result in damages for the family, but which she says she’s bringing on behalf of all families with special needs children.

Sarah Woosey, of Simpson Millar, said: “This has been an extremely distressing period for the family.

“To add to that, we are having to battle over a technical matter, which is preventing them from putting this ordeal behind them.

“We are now fighting to ensure this case is allowed to progress. We feel strongly it is important to secure justice on behalf of Charlie, as well as provide reassurance to the thousands of parents with children who have special educational needs that schools must treat children fairly.”

Joanne Logan is pursuing the action after launching a crowdfunding campaign: