A student at a Kansas City elementary school got his cane removed as a form of a punishment and now parents are furious about it.
Dakota Nafzinger 8, was riding the bus on the way home from school and listening to music when the bus driver took his cane away from him. The young child tapped his cane as a form of communication, but the bus driver and school officials sent him home with a pool noodle.
When Nafzinger’s father, Donald, contacted the school, they believed he was getting very violent with the bus driver. What they did not realize, however, was that Dakota was born with bilateral anophthalmia, which means he is born blind and has no eyes.
Dakota’s parent also made this statement via ABC News:
“They shouldn’t treat my kid any different than the kids that have eyes,” said Nafzinger, who works in Kansas City, Missouri, as a stage hand. “My kid is normal except he doesn’t have eyes.”
The North Kansas City Schools District issued the following statement:
“The District has reviewed the situation. We regret that a mistake was made in making sure the student was in possession of his cane when he boarded the bus Monday evening. The District has apologized to the family and is working to rectify the situation. When we were made aware of the mistake, corrections were made. It is always the District’s policy when we become aware of situations like this, we thoroughly and immediately investigate to ensure a safe learning environment for all students.”
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