Yamaha sorry for axing lesson over boy’s autism
Yamaha has apologised after a parent complained that a flute instructor at the Yamaha Contempo Music School cancelled his son’s lesson because of the child’s autism.
In a Facebook post on Monday, Mr Ivan Lim described how his 12-year-old son Alex was turned away from his flute lesson at the school at Plaza Singapura mall.
Alex, who is Mr Lim’s only child, had been enrolled for two lessons at the school. The first one went fine, Mr Lim, who is a musician, told The Straits Times.
However, when he dropped by the school last Friday, he found Alex sitting outside with their maid, looking “shattered”.
“I learnt that the teacher had said he did not want to teach Alex because of the boy’s autism,” wrote Mr Lim, 51, on Facebook.
A spokesman for Yamaha Contempo Music School told ST yesterday that it has investigated the incident and sought Mr Lim’s forgiveness.
“We sincerely apologise for all that we and the teacher did, and all that Mr Lim and the family went through,” said the school. “No child, parent or grandparent should be made to go through what happened.”
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