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Saturday, January 6, 2007

 

Deaf student’s dog turned away from school

`For the second day in a row, officials at W. Tresper Clarke High School prevented a 14-year-old deaf student from bringing his assistance dog to class.

“I feel like they aren’t being fair,” ninth-grader John Cave of Westbury said Thursday of East Meadow School District officials, who don’t believe he needs the dog to attend class. “They act like they’re against me because of my dog.”

John’s parents, Nancy and John Sr., have battled district officials for more than a year over the right of their son to bring a service dog to school.

The Caves believe John and Simba must bond around the clock so that the dog can work most effectively as an assistance dog, trained to alert a deaf child to potential danger, such as fire or smoke alarms and cars.’




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