Outrageous 'They Humiliated Him': School Takes Blind Boy's Cane, Gives Him Pool Noodle
A Kansas City elementary school punished an eight-year-old blind student for misbehaving by taking away his cane, his mother told "Fox and Friends" this morning.
School officials claimed that Dakota Nafzinger hit someone with the school-issued cane.
On top of that, school staff at Gracemor Elementary School decided that a foam pool noodle would be a suitable replacement.
After the story was reported locally this week, many outraged citizens stepped up, trying to contact the family to buy Dakota a cane of his own.
Fast forward to Wednesday. The North Kansas City School District released a statement that read in part:
“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.”
Dakota mother said school officials actually made a surprise visit to their home Wednesday morning and returned the cane that was taken away from him.
Dakota and his mother, Rachel, talked to Steve Doocy this morning about the outrageous situation.
Rachel Nafzinger said that school officials told her Dakota's cane was his "fidget stick," and that the incident has led her to question whether this school can handle her son's special needs.
She said she was surprised to learn that the cane had been replaced with the pool noodle at other times over the past year.
"How can I trust them to teach him what he needs to know and properly? He's the only blind child in the school. It's hard for me to believe he's getting what he needs," she said.
Rachel said the school has essentially admitted they "blew it" and is trying to rectify the situation. She explained that what makes her most upset is that her son was humiliated.
She questioned why the school would take that action as a disciplinary measure.
"The noodle, to me, that was just an embarrassment. A way to humiliate him. You see a kid walking around - in the middle of winter mind you - with a giant green foam noodle tapping the ground. Not only is it not functional. You don't get the same sound when you tap the ground. He's not getting the same feedback as his cane," she said.
Dakota told Steve that the pool noodle doesn't really work for him, but that the school has still made him use it repeatedly.
Watch the emotional interview above.