Escape to Alcatraz

14th January 2000 at 00:00
There is always something new under the sun when it comes to school closures - ahem, rationalisations. Midlothian officials who ventured out to take the temperature on the integration of two special schools within a secondary campus in Dalkeith know this all too well.

A ote of the public meeting presented to the council's education committee on Tuesday revealed concern that integration would expose special needs kids to drugs. "We need a secure area," one questioner said. "Are we talking about Alcatraz or a janitor walking about?"

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