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Richmond father says special needs son drugged at school, sent to hospital alone

Last Updated Nov 7, 2019 at 9:01 pm PST

Summary

A father says he wasn't notified that his son was sent from school to hospital alone Thursday after being given drugs

Ibrahim Elburai's 16-year-old son who has special needs remains in hospital Thursday night and police are involved

RICHMOND (NEWS 1130) — A Richmond father is outraged after he says his 16-year-old son with special needs was given drugs at school and sent to hospital alone Thursday.

Ibrahim Elburai tells NEWS 1130, from the hospital where he remains with his son Thursday evening, that a police report has been made to Richmond RCMP and a preliminary examination of his son suggests he is under the influence of a drug.

“I’m angry about my son being drugged, I’m angry about how the school handled it. I’m angry about everything.”

Elburai’s son uses a wheelchair and has spina bifida,¬†hydrocephalus, and a serious heart condition.

During lunchtime, other students at McRoberts Secondary heard Elburai’s son in a bathroom stall, where he was crying.

“All he remembers is yelling for help.”

Those students called 911.

“They opened up the washroom, they put him in his wheelchair and they brought him into the office.”

Then, according to Elburai, his son was sent in an ambulance alone.

“The worst part is they did not call us, we had to find out from somebody else,” he says, adding his son was in hospital without his parents for several hours.

When he spoke to the school, they insisted they had tried to contact him but Elburai maintains he has no missed calls on his cell phone or messages at home.

“School should be safe,” Elburai says. “This could happen to anybody. It happened to my son. And I do not want it to happen to anybody else. I feel outraged. I don’t know how to describe how I feel. How would you feel if it was your child?”

The teen will spend Thursday night in hospital, where he will undergo a more thorough exam. His father says the RCMP will follow-up by taking a full statement from the teen Friday.

The Richmond School District has issued the following statement.

“The safety and well-being of students is of the highest priority in the Richmond School District.¬†The RCMP were notified immediately by the school as soon as the administration became aware of the situation. The district is taking these allegations very seriously and will continue to work closely with the RCMP to ensure a full investigation of the reported incident occurs. The district shares the concerns of the family and will provide any and all necessary support.”