At the school district in the town I work in, a mentally retarded kid has been frightening normal children because of his wild behavior and his aggressiveness. He is also somewhat deformed and that scares many kids. Because of this event, and some other things, the school board is trying get the superintendent's contract bought out so they can get a new one who will stop integrating mentally retarded people into normal schools. I have to say, I'm in agreement with that school board. What good can possibly come of "mainstreaming" people who are inherently NOT mainstream? It is as though the parents of these kids hope that by mixing the mentally retarded kids with normal kids, the kids will somehow be less retarded? What is the purpose of this integration, and what is the disadvantage of not sending these kids to special schools where they can learn from others with similar conditions as them?