School Swaps 8-year-old Blind Child’s Walking Cane With Swim Noodle as Punishment

Boy’s mother: “Why would you take the one thing that he’s supposed to use all the time? That’s his eyes”

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A school district in Kansas City, Missouri, is taking flak due to the seemingly cruel and unusual punishment inflicted upon a blind third grader.

Dakota Nafzinger, 8, was born with a medical disorder known as Bilateral Anopthalmia, a condition characterized by the absence of one or both eyeballs.

On Monday, a school bus driver for the Gracemor Elementary School claimed he spotted Dakota using his walking cane to hit another student.

As punishment, Dakota’s cane was confiscated and switched out with a swimming pool floating device, which he is currently using to feel his way around.

“It’s a lot harder with this,” Dakota toldFox4KC.com, describing how the pool noodle was a poor substitute for his cane. “Can’t feel things.

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Swimming pool noodles / Credit: ashleigh290, Flickr

“They said they were gonna give me this for the next two weeks,” Dakota recalled. Additionally, the boy received a written reprimand for misbehaving.

Dakota’s father, however, believes his son may have just been lifting his cane, which he sometimes does, and that the action may have been misinterpreted by the bus driver as a violent act.

His parents suspect the pool noodle was meant “to humiliate him for misbehaving,” according to Fox4KC.

“Why would you do that?” asked Dakota’s mom Rachel Nafzinger. “Why would you take the one thing that he’s supposed to use all the time? That’s his eyes.”

Written by Adan Salazar
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