- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, N.Y. (AP) - The parents of a 12-year-old with Down syndrome are going to federal court to force a school district on New York’s Long Island to provide him a local education.

Aiden Killoran was prevented from attending the first day of class at Westhampton Beach Middle School on Wednesday.

Christian and Terrie Killoran say Aiden has been given the option of attending school in neighboring districts. But they want him educated close to home, and with the children he knows from elementary school.

They say in court papers that federal and state law is on their side.

About 100 people rallied outside the school on Wednesday, calling for Aiden’s inclusion.

Michael Radday, the superintendent of the school district, says privacy laws prevent him from discussing individual students. He also cited the pending litigation.

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