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(NEWSER) – A Kansas City school took flak this week after it took away a blind boy's cane as punishment. School officials say 8-year-old Dakota Nafzinger, born without eyes, hit another student with his cane on the school bus Monday, prompting the bus driver to replace it with a foam noodle. Gracemor Elementary School officials initially said they had every right to confiscate the cane as it was school property and Dakota didn't use a cane before the school year.

They said the noodle wasn't for mobility purposes; Dakota simply needed it to avoid fidgeting. But Dakota's mom, Rachel Nafzinger, was outraged, telling WDAF-TV, "Why would you take the one thing that he's supposed to use all the time? That's his eyes."

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