Reports of an autistic boy being made to wear a fluorescent bib in school so teachers could identify him during playground time has sparked outrage in the UK. 

His mother claims that school authorities forced her six-year-old son to wear the garment, reasoning that it would make it easier for teachers to recognise which student he was during the lunch break. She believes that the school made this decision because her son had a prior reputation for being clumsy and overly boisterous during play. 

Joanne Logan made the claims about her son Charlie, who is a student in Cherry Lane Primary School, in West Drayton, telling a GetWestLondon reporter: "It's just not right - it's massive discrimination! Looking back on it I think the classroom teacher mentioned a bib during the week - but I didn't really think about it, it didn't click until Charlie said something.

"When he came home... he said about wearing a bib at break times - and I was like, "Oh? - what kind of bib?" and he told me it's silver and yellow, and he said: 'My teachers have said I have to wear a bib so that they know where I am at break times'."

The 42 year old mother claimed the purpose of the bib was to identify which student was autistic. She added: "They seem to think the best way to deal with [him] is to make him wear a bib so that teachers know that he's autistic.

Ms Logan added that she was furious at the situation and spoke to the school's headmaster, Steve Whitehouse about the issue. A conclusion was reached where Charlie no longer would have to wear the bib, however his Ms Logan is still not happy with the situation and how it was addressed. 

A statement released by the school suggested that Charlie's family were previously informed about the situation. They added that the safety of students is their main priority at all times and that no decision over students is made without consulting their family first. 

It read: "We always have their safety at the forefront of our practice to ensure that some vulnerable children are constantly supported. Visibility tabards (reflective vests) are used for a variety of reasons in our playground.

"Parents are always consulted prior to actions taken regarding the individual needs of their children. Should a parent change their mind regarding our practice, we work with them accordingly."