Kansas City school takes away blind child’s cane, replaces it with pool noodle

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Two North Kansas City parents are outraged after they say their blind son’s cane was taken away from him at school by a bus driver.

Eight-year-old Dakota Nafzinger attends Gracemor Elementary School. Rachel Nafzinger said school staff took away her son’s cane as punishment for bad behavior on the bus and then gave him a swimming pool noodle to use as a substitute.

The school wouldn’t go on camera, but North Kansas City School District Spokeswoman Michelle Cronk confirmed taking away Dakota’s cane, calling it school property that was given to him when he enrolled. They said they took it away after he reportedly hit someone with it and wanted to prevent him from hurting himself or others.

His family said it was a way to humiliate him for misbehaving.

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  1. The school needs some remedial training in dealing with handicapped children. Obviously the article is about that behavior.
    I am sure that no child in that age group needs that kind of behavior from his peers. Or the mentally handicapped officials that dealt with a child in this manner. Letting the punishment go on for any length of time? Please, people that is not good behavior from a teacher or bus driver. For that someone needs to be responsible for their behavior. How about giving them a pool noodle and blindfolding them for an hour or two?
    If possible remove the child from that environment immediately and enroll him in an on-line school with supervision.
    But he is blind! Well, on-line schools have something called blackboard collaborator that puts children in a classroom with audio and microphones. It does require a sighted person to get them on-line to do work with these people. They will also provide instruction to catch that person up in their school work.
    Being without sight is a terrible handicap to deal with. But it can be done.

    It does take an extraordinary effort.
    There are several schools in our area on-line that can and will help you with this.
    I would also recommend that this child be given dragon-speak or some other program that types from voice.
    Pretty sure that Microsoft has some free stuff in this area for your child.

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