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    Missouri school punished blind child by replacing cane with pool toy

    A Kansas City school took away the cane of a blind 8-year-old boy Monday and replaced it with a pool noodle as punishment for hitting a classmate, Fox4KC.com reported.

    Dakota Nafzinger, who was born with bilateral anopthalmia, which left him without eyes, had the cane confiscated after a bus driver claimed he hit another student with one the school had furnished, according to the channel. In its place, the Gracemor Elementary School student was given the bent, green pool noodle because, according to a North Kansas City School District spokeswoman, he fidgets and needs something to hold.
    "They said they were going to give me this (the pool noodle) for the next two weeks," Dakota said.
    The boy's father, Donald Nafzinger, said his son lifts the cane at times, but the bus driver thought he was using it to be violent. Nafzinger believes the school is using the pool toy to humiliate his son.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/12/17/missouri-school-punished-blind-child-by-replacing-cane-with-pool-toy/

    What in the hell is the matter with these people?!!! Good grief...So the bus driver looks up in their rearview, and sees Dakota touch someone with his cane, and takes it away to replace it with a pool noodle? Are you kidding me? He/She should be fired.
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    Re: Missouri school punished blind child by replacing cane with pool toy

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    What in the hell is the matter with these people?!!! Good grief...So the bus driver looks up in their rearview, and sees Dakota touch someone with his cane, and takes it away to replace it with a pool noodle? Are you kidding me? He/She should be fired.
    I know most school buses come with cameras these days. Have you seen the footage? Do you know the student didn't hit another with the cane?

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    Re: Missouri school punished blind child by replacing cane with pool toy

    Not enough info. If the kid is actually hitting kids with it they need to do something but it should be in consultation with the parents.

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    Re: Missouri school punished blind child by replacing cane with pool toy

    It he's hitting kids with it, then he's punished. But that punishment isn't to take away his cane.

    If another disabled child is running over kids feet with his motorized chair, and you going to take his chair? Maybe replace it with an inflatable pool toy?

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    Re: Missouri school punished blind child by replacing cane with pool toy

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    What in the hell is the matter with these people?!!! Good grief...So the bus driver looks up in their rearview, and sees Dakota touch someone with his cane, and takes it away to replace it with a pool noodle? Are you kidding me? He/She should be fired.
    Strange story. I get punishing the kid for hitting another kid with the cane, but I don't get what purpose it would serve to have him hurt himself without his cane. I think a little logic would have gone a long way here.
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    Re: Missouri school punished blind child by replacing cane with pool toy

    Quote Originally Posted by Slyfox696 View Post
    I know most school buses come with cameras these days. Have you seen the footage? Do you know the student didn't hit another with the cane?
    Mornin' Sly...

    No, I didn't see any footage, nor do I know if there is any that exists, neither do you I would add. But, what we have here is a bus driver's word that it is what he/she saw, and the Father of the child saying something else. What's next? Some kid in a wheelchair bumps some other kid in a lunch line, so the school takes the wheelchair and forces the kid to crawl? And would you support that?

    Look, obviously the school knows they were in the wrong, because they came to the house, only after the story hit the news, and gave the cane back...So, go ahead and back these bullies if you want, not me brother...
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    Re: Missouri school punished blind child by replacing cane with pool toy

    Quote Originally Posted by Slyfox696 View Post
    I know most school buses come with cameras these days. Have you seen the footage? Do you know the student didn't hit another with the cane?
    Lots of kids hit each other at that age. He probably did hit him. Usually the punishment is more along the lines of staying with the teacher during recess or making him go to the Principal's office. It doesn't usually involve punishment of removing something that the child needs to function normally or comfortably.
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    Re: Missouri school punished blind child by replacing cane with pool toy

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    Strange story. I get punishing the kid for hitting another kid with the cane, but I don't get what purpose it would serve to have him hurt himself without his cane. I think a little logic would have gone a long way here.
    IF that's what happened....The father says that the boy sometimes "lifts" his cane, and the school calls it "figgitting", as evidenced by school administrators speaking with his mother calling it "his figgit stick".... Could be that the driver saw a glimpse of the boy with the cane lifted and touching someone else, and thought he/she saw something that didn't happen, then their first response was to take the cane? What kind of Sadists do we have in our kids schools? Talk about bullying.
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    Re: Missouri school punished blind child by replacing cane with pool toy

    Quote Originally Posted by Samhain View Post
    It he's hitting kids with it, then he's punished. But that punishment isn't to take away his cane.

    If another disabled child is running over kids feet with his motorized chair, and you going to take his chair? Maybe replace it with an inflatable pool toy?
    Couldn't agree more Sam...This is sadistic...And the thing here is that no one in the administration of the school acted to rectify the wrong here until the story hit the news.
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    Re: Missouri school punished blind child by replacing cane with pool toy

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    IF that's what happened....The father says that the boy sometimes "lifts" his cane, and the school calls it "figgitting", as evidenced by school administrators speaking with his mother calling it "his figgit stick".... Could be that the driver saw a glimpse of the boy with the cane lifted and touching someone else, and thought he/she saw something that didn't happen, then their first response was to take the cane? What kind of Sadists do we have in our kids schools? Talk about bullying.
    I agree. If the story is completely true, there is a sadist element to it. It doesn't make sense to do this kind of thing, even if the kid did hit another kid.

    If he beat the kid mercilessly with the cane, then they would have to find another way to punish him. And get him therapy. But none of that would involve replacing his cane with a noodle. That seems pretty twisted to me.
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