Apparently Dakota was said to have been hitting his fellow students with his cane while on the bus to school, the driver took the cane away in order to insure the safety of the other students and Dakota was then placed on a two week punishment of being prohibited to use his cane. To replace his cane the school gave Dakota a pool noodle.
Dakota’s mother is understandably very upset over the school’s decision to not only handicap but humiliate her son as a form of punishment.
“Why would you do that? Why would you take the one thing that he’s supposed to use all the time? That’s his eyes.” Rachel said.
The school insisted that Dakota was a danger to other kids using his cane to hit them and because the cane was school issued they had every right to take it away as party of his punishment. While the safety of the other student is clearly something to consider and insure there clearly are better ways to handle the situation. Forcing a blind child to use a pool noodle as a cane is simply not acceptable. The school should apologize to the parents with a bottle from the Antique Win Company