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Students Learning About Down Syndrome

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A Minot teacher is using his own life experience to teach his high school students.

Nolan Spooner is a 10th grade biology teacher at Central Campus.

 With Friday being International Down Syndrome Day, Mr. Spooner brought in his 5-year-old son Keagen, who was born with Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), to teach his classes about the condition.

 "My son with Down syndrome wants to be accepted.  He wants to fit in.  So, they get to see that and they get to understand, you know, that there's nothing real scary about this kid.  He's basically a normal every day guy.  He just has a couple of physical features that make him a little unique to everybody else," says Spooner.

 Students were able to ask more questions about Down syndrome Friday afternoon during a panel discussion with several families who have personal connections to the condition.

 

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