College Takes Blind Boy’s Cane, Replaces with Pool Noodle


A Missouri college recently punished an 8-year-outdated blind boy for acting up at school by taking away his cane and replacing it with a pool noodle.

Dakota Nafzinger was listening to music on the college bus when it was taken away from him.  According to college officials, he had hit yet another little one with his cane, which is college property, so it was taken away from him by the bus driver.  He was provided a pool noodle alternatively to use for two weeks, North Kansas City School District Spokeswoman Michelle Cronk stated.

In addition to the uncommon punishment, Dakota was written up for the incident.

Sydney Lupkins for ABC News reported that the boy had been listening to music, and threw the cane in the air.  His father, Donald Nafzinger, said he tends to tap his cane in time to the music.  School officials saw the cane in the air and assumed the boy was turning out to be violent.

The pool noodle has Dakota in a state of immobilization.

“It’s a great deal more difficult with this (noodle),” Dakota informed a television reporter from WDAF-Tv. “They mentioned they have been going to give me this for the next two weeks. I can’t really feel items.”

Dakota was born with no eyes as a end result of a unusual ailment recognized as bilateral anophthalmia.  Upon locating out what had happened, his mother contacted the neighborhood information media since she felt “there weren’t caring men and women left in this world.”  She referred to the punishment as “humiliating” and “inappropriate.”

North Kansas City Colleges has apologized for their incorrect-undertaking.  School officials then came to the Nafzinger’s residence to return his cane.

“The District has reviewed the scenario,” North Kansas City Colleges wrote in a statement. “We regret that a error was created in producing positive the pupil was in possession of his cane when he boarded the bus Monday evening. The District has apologized to the loved ones and is doing work to rectify the scenario. When we have been produced mindful of the blunder, corrections have been manufactured. It is always the District’s policy when we grow to be mindful of circumstances like this, we totally and instantly investigate to make certain a safe studying surroundings for all college students.”

In accordance to Ryan Grenoble for The Huffington Submit, experts strongly propose that punishments ought to not shame or embarrass kids.  They say the methods are ineffective and could lead to an increase in anxiety, depression and aggression.

His parents reported that strangers have provided to buy a cane for Dakota so that he does not have to fear about it becoming taken away in the long term, writes Meg Wagner for The Every day Information.

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