Two parents from North Kansas City are outraged at their son's school for the way they treated him, and you just might feel the same way too here in a minute!
Dakota Nafzinger is an eight-year-old student at Gracemor Elementary School, but an incident on a school bus left him feeling humiliated and caused his family to be VERY upset!
Dakota uses a cane to get around school since he was born without eyes — a medical condition known as Bilateral Anopthalmia.
Recently on a school bus the driver took away Dakota's cane because he believed the he was using it in a violent manner against other children… and to replace the cane, they gave the child a pool noodle.
Seriously. They gave a blind child a pool noodle.
And his mother Rachel Nafzinger is unsurprisingly super upset! She said:
"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."
The school says that Dakota was using his cane to hit other kids, and that since they issued him the school cane in the first place, they felt they had the right to take it away from him as well.
Again this child is EIGHT YEARS OLD!
And to ease Dakota's way of fidgeting without his cane, North Kansas City School District Spokeswoman Michelle Cronk claims the school decided to issue the pool noodle as a way of giving him something to hold on to until his two week punishment is over and he receives the cane back.
"They said they were going to give me this for the next two weeks…Can't feel things."
His father Donald Nafzinger is also super upset. He believes his child's school is doing all of this to "humiliate" his son. He said:
"All around, he's a good little guy, and he shouldn't be treated the way he's being treated."
We agree that it is a problem IF Dakota was actually hitting other children with his cane, but to take away something he literally needs so he can get around and to replace it with a limp pool noodle is just NOT okay in our book!
However, a few people have already mentioned they would be willing to buy Dakota his own cane, so he wouldn't have to be at the mercy of the school's, so hopefully that happens!
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