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Friday, December 19, 2014

School punishes blind child by taking away cane and replacing it with a pool noodle

KANSAS CITY, MO — Parents are outraged after they say an elementary school punished their blind child by replacing his cane with a pool noodle.

Dakota Nafzinger attends Gracemor Elementary School in Kansas City. The 8-year-old was born without eyes — something in the medical world known as Bilateral Anopthalmia.

School District Spokeswoman Michelle Cronk tells FOX 4 in Kansas City that Dakota hit somebody with his cane on while riding the bus. She says they took away his cane and gave him a pool noodle because he needed something to hold. Cronk said Dakota fidgets without his cane.

Dakota’s father, Donald Nafzinger, said his son lifts his cane sometimes and the bus driver thought he was using it violently.



Anonymous said...

enough is enough , the bus driver needs his ass kicked along with the people who made the decision.
Now I will take it a step further , if it were my child , I would go postal on the whole bunch .

Anonymous said...

I agree to a point but just bc your blind it doesn't give you the right to act a fool.

Anonymous said...

They may have given him the pool noodle to hold only while he was seated on the bus, not as a substitute cane while he was walking. If he's hitting other kids on the bus but needs something to hold while being transported, it's not all that unreasonable. Usually, students such as this one have their own assistant who walks with them and would monitor his behavior in a way a bus driver can't. The child would then have the real cane.