This past weekend I got a private email from Terri Mauro, the writer behind About.com's Special Needs Children. The Special Needs Children sub-category of About.com has a sizable readership, primarily consisting of parents of children with special needs. Terri Mauro had received a question from one of her website's readers, who was uncharacteristically NOT a special needs parent. This reader was concerned that a child with special needs was posing a safety threat inside her church. The children's ministry volunteer/parent/reader shared in her comment of several alarming examples about the child's behavior, including the fact the young student had recently brought a weapon to church. The reader was disturbed that her children's ministry director was less concerned about safety than for making a child with special needs feel welcome. It could be deducted from the reader's comment that her family was contemplating leaving the church over their safety concerns.
Knowing that I address special needs inclusion in the church on my own blog, The Inclusive Church,Terri Mauro contacted me to chat about her reader's comment and question. Terri invited me to respond to her reader and to weigh in on the subject of safety and special needs. Today, About.com's Special Needs Children ran a new article all about my online exchange with this reader, Should Churches Have Zero Tolerance Policies? What are your thoughts on this subject matter?