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Blind Student Told She Can't Bring Cane to School

Lily-Grace Hooper, of Bristol, England, suffered a stroke when she was four days old--this left her blind in one eye and only able to see lights and colors in the other one. Now seven years old, she is learning to get around using a walking cane.

She received a new fiberglass cane from a charity for blind children earlier this year. Unfortunately, Hambrook Primary School is asking her not to bring it to the facility out of “health and safety” concerns to her fellow students.

A risk assessment was done on behalf of the school by Sensory Support Service, which describes itself as an organization aimed at “supporting children and young people with a sensory impairment," said the cane is a high risk for other people around her and Lily-Grace should have adult support at all times.

Her mother is outraged and said "She hasn't had any problems with any of the other students, and none of the parents have complained about it – in fact, they have all been very supportive. When the school told me she can no longer bring her cane into school, I just thought this must be health and safety gone mad.”

The school's teacher, Jo Dent, said, "The pupil has not been banned from bringing in their cane, we have simply asked them to not use it around school as a temporary measure, until we have the chance to meet with the parent and discuss the situation."

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