A Missouri couple is speaking out today after their blind son had his cane taken away by his school for disciplinary reasons. Unfortunately, that isn’t the worst part, as the school decide to replace the cane with a pool noodle.
Dakota Nafzinger, 8, who was born without eyes (a condition known within the medical world as Bilateral Anopthalmia), goes to Gracemor Elementary School in Kansas City, Missouri, where his story has sparked a bit of controversy. His seeing eye cane was reportedly taken away by his bus driver after Dakota used his cane to hit someone, according to the school employee.
His father Donald, however, argues that sometimes Dakota lifts his cane, which he believes to be what the bus driver misinterpreted to be violent behavior. “All around, he’s a good little guy, and he shouldn’t be treated the way he’s being treated,” Donald said. Unfortunately, the school is sticking to their guns after confiscating the cane.
Knowing they couldn’t leave the boy without the cane he’d grown to depend on, they instead gave him the less “dangerous” alternative of a pool noodle. North Kansas City School District Spokeswoman Michelle Cronk confirmed the reports, stating that the cane was school property that was given to the boy when he enrolled. Dakota said, “They said they were going to give me this [pool noodle] for the next two weeks.”
According to Fox4KC:
“His family said it was a way to humiliate him for misbehaving”
The school has since argued that Dakota often fidgets and needed something to replace the cane for the time being. Needless to say, it’s made life rather difficult on the 8-year-old boy. “It’s a lot harder with this,” Dakota said, explaining that the pool noodle isn’t doing much good.
“Why would you do that? Why would you take the one thing that he’s supposed to use all the time? That’s his eyes,” his mother said, voicing her outrage of the matter. “He’s gone through so much in his life already, 8 years, 8 years, and I just don’t like someone else putting my son in that position. If I don’t stand up for him, who is going to?”
Although there’s no excuse for taking away something as necessary as a seeing eye cane from a blind student, one has to wonder why the parents failed to provide this tool for their child in the first place. After all, if he had one of his own, he could have at least used his own when not in school for the time being.
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Courtesy of Mad World News