The headline says it all:
North Kansas City School District apologizes for taking away blind child’s cane
Well, maybe not all…
Eight-year-old Dakota Nafzinger, born blind, attends Gracemor Elementary School in Kansas City, Missouri.* Like many blind Americans, he uses a white cane to maneuver himself through life.
The school staff decided that the boy’s misbehavior on a school bus warranted punishment, so they took away his cane and
GAVE HIM A SWIMMING POOL NOODLE TO USE AS A SUBSTITUTE !!!!!!!!!!!!!
North Kansas City School District Spokeswoman Michelle Cronk explained that the staff was withing its rights to take away his cane, since it was given to him when he enrolled and thus it was school property. She might as well have said that the kid should feel lucky they gave him one of those neon colored floating pool noodles to use instead, rather than, say, a garden hose or a live anaconda. The cane was taken away because the child reportedly hit someone with it. I suppose if his seeing eye dog had bitten someone, they would have taken the dog away, shot it, and replaced it with a guinea pig or a stuffed animal.
“It’s a lot harder with this,” Dakota told reporters, speaking of
THE SWIMMING POOL NOODLE!!!!
he’s now swinging back and forth to help him avoid obstacles.
“Why would you do that?” asked his mother. ” Why would you take the one thing that he’s supposed to use all the time? That’s his eyes!”
Why? Why? Because these are incompetent, cruel, dangerously irresponsible fools, and the schools are full of them.
After the story of Dakota and his noodle appeared on a local news broadcast, a public uproar got the school district’s attention. See, they don’t comprehend ethics, but they know when they are in big trouble. 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.”
School officials visited to the child’s home and returned the cane. This does not make it all better. Since it isn’t practical to burn the district’s schools to the ground and sow salt where they once stood, a complete management over-haul, employee review and re-training is essential. For the training session, the final exam should have the question, “Under what circumstances, if any, is it appropriate to take away a blind child’s cane and replace it with a pool noodle? Explain.”
*This is a correction: I mistakenly assigned this story to the wrong Kansas City. I apologize to the people of Kansas, Missouri…pretty much everyone. Careless and stupid of me. Thanks to Charlie Wilson for giving me the bad news.