A TEENAGE dwarf claims he has been branded a health and safelty risk and banned from going on a college cooking course because of his size.
Louis Makepeace, 18, who stands at 3ft 10ins, reckons he is being discriminated against due to his height after being refused a place at Heart of Worcestershire College.
He said he was originally offered a conditional place for the Hospitality and Catering course on August 16.
But Louis reckons they have now backtracked because he is too small for the kitchen.
Louis claims college bosses branded him a “safety risk” to the other 14 pupils and said he would cause a “disruption” if he got under their feet.
Mum Pauline, 56 says she was also told by the course leader there was no point him doing the course as he would never be allowed to work in a restaurant kitchen.
The Gino D’Acampo-mad teenager said he now fears his dream of becoming a chef is over.
Louis, of Worcester, who has achondroplasia, a form of short-limbed dwarfism, said: “It was really upsetting as I had my heart set on this course.
“They said I would be a health and safety risk and disruption to the other students and get in their way, which was really humiliating.”
He added: “I have always loved cooking Italian recipes since I was little, and keeping myself healthy and fit and I’m a huge fan of Gino D’Acampo.
“All the time I was at school I was always very confident, I had lots of friends and my disability was never an issue.”
Full-time mum-of-two Pauline said she is still pushing for a final answer from the college.
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She added: “He’s been really upset by this.
“They won’t give me straight answer but when I asked the course leader whether he should find another course he told me it would ‘probably be a good idea’.”
A spokeswoman for Heart of Worcestershire College said: “As the student’s place at the college is still under discussion, we do not wish to make a comment.”
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