School bus driver punishes blind 8-year-old by taking away cane, replacing it with pool noodle
A school bus driver took away a blind boy’s cane as punishment and replaced it with a pool noodle.
School officials in North Kansas City, Missouri, admit the driver confiscated the cane, reported WDAF-TV, but they claim it was school property that was given to 8-year-old Dakota Nafziger when he enrolled.
The driver claims Dakota struck another student Monday with the cane, but the boy’s parents said he sometimes fidgets and lifts the cane he uses to get around.
His parents believed the driver intentionally humiliated Dakota — who was born without eyes, a condition called bilateral anopthalmia — by giving him the foam floatation device to hold.
Dakota was written up for the incident, but his father thinks the driver went too far by confiscating the cane.
“All around, he’s a good little guy, and he shouldn’t be treated the way he’s being treated,” Donald Nafziger said.
The boy attended his sister’s concert using the pool noodle to guide him, but he said the floatation device didn’t work as well.
A viewer offered to buy a permanent replacement cane for Dakota after his story aired on TV news.
Watch this video report posted online by WDAF-TV: