Blind girl, seven, banned from using white stick at school as it is ‘health and safety risk’
A blind girl has been banned from bringing her white walking stick to school because of “health and safety” reasons.Lily-Grace Hooper, seven, suffered a stroke when she was just four days old, leaving her with virtually no sight.But her school, Hambrook Primary School in Bristol, has told the youngster she can no longer use her cane because it could trip up teachers and other pupils.A risk assessment completed on behalf of the school said the cane caused high risk to other people and that Lily-Grace should instead have “100 per cent” adult support at all times.
However, her mother is worried her daughter will become too dependent on having someone show her around – and said having a helper would set her daughter apart from other pupils.”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” Kristy Hooper
She added: “It is a disability, but I want to celebrate it and make sure she can become independent. 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.”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.
“I don’t understand where the school is coming from. Lily-Grace has taken to the cane very quickly, and she needs it as she travels to school, walks to the playground, or just being in school.”
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