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Blind Girl Denied Use of Cane in School Because It's a Tripping Hazard

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A blind girl in Britain has been told she cannot use her cane at school because it presents a tripping hazard.

A tripping hazard, that is, to the people who can see her—and her cane. According to the Bristol Post:

Lily-Grace Hooper, who is seven, suffered a stroke when she was just four days old, which left her virtually blind.

But her school, Hambrook Primary School, has now told the youngster she can no longer use her walking cane, because it could trip up teachers and other pupils at the school.

A risk assessment by Gary Learmonth from Sensory Support Service – done on behalf of the school – said the cane caused a high risk to other people around Lily-Grace, and that she should instead have full adult support "100 per cent" at all times.

In other words, at the risk assessor's behest, the school is ready to create a dependent and incapacitated child out of a bold and bubbly girl who was getting around just fine. In fact, she'd come up with the cane idea herself, after tripping over some wrapping paper rolls at Christmas, and then realizing she could use them to tap her way around.

Her mother is, not surprisingly, beside herself:

"What about the health and safety of my girl? I like school, they are a good school, but this really is very poor advice."

Perhaps. But to a certain bureaucratic mind, it's not poor advice at all. It's sensible! Jo Dent, the head of the school, insists, "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."

Which is sort of like saying the gasping patient can have the oxygen tank in his room, he just can't use it until after some more discussions.

Fortunately, an exec from Britain's Health and Safety brigade has weighed in and said there is nothing that prevents a child from using a "walking stick" in school.

Nothing except a mindset that can't see the forest for the tripping hazards. Quoth Ms. Dent:

"We have to consider all our pupils, so it's important that we have an opportunity to discuss the situation before we make any decisions."

Now there's a lady who likes to discuss. Maybe once those discussions ensue she will see the light: Independence is the goal. Not blind adherence to bureaucracy.

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  1. Plus, the cane could be used as a weapon!!

    1. More like a “whacking stick”, amirite?

      Sheesh – like we don’t already know that The Crips are a threat…

      1. Stop using canes as a weapon!

        /Pat Benatar

      2. That was horribly funny.

      3. ‘More like a “whacking stick”, amirite?’

        No, that would something entirely different, and something that *should* be taken away from a 7 year old girl.

      1. Zatoichi tolerance.

        But the girl does have a GoFundMe page to purchase a seeing-eye tiger so there’s that.

        1. What, no link?

        2. Zatoichi tolerance…I see what you did there, because I can fucking see.

    2. What if she makes the mistake of pointing the cane at a cop?
      I can already see him fearing for his life!

      1. This girl is in England. The regular British Bobbies (police persons) don’t carry firearms.

  2. Well, I’m sure that blind people in prison don’t get canes. Gotta keep the starter prisons as realistic as possible.

    1. This is really funny.

    2. “Starter prisons.”

      I’ll have to think about that. Kinda like it. I’ve always used “pre-prison” for government schools.

  3. Yo, fuck Jo Dent, and every tiny-minded abhuman bureaucrat like her for working hard every day to make the world a worse, stupider place.

  4. At this point I can I’m imagine the writers over at The Onion must be tearing their hair out in fistfuls.

    1. Tejicano|11.19.15 @ 9:26AM|#
      “At this point I can I’m imagine the writers over at The Onion must be tearing their hair out in fistfuls.”

      If you ever run across some old issues of National Lampoon, you’d realize that satire is no longer possible.

  5. this looks like a job for P Brooks

  6. “The pupil has not been banned from bringing in their cane, we have simply asked them to not use it around school”

    Does Jo Dent have a similar policy for firearms?

  7. Are you fucking serious? Why can’t ISIS make themselves useful and target school administrators?

  8. A risk assessment by Gary Learmonth from Sensory Support Service ? done on behalf of the school ? said the cane caused a high risk to other people around Lily-Grace, and that she should instead have full adult support “100 per cent” at all times.

    HAHAHAHAHAA!!

    Wait, he’s *serious*?!

    1. Think of it this way: if this girl, and all other blind students, have to have “full adult support” all the time, just imagine all he jobs that will create. By aspiring to be independent this little wrecker is taking someone’s JERB!!!!111!!!!!!! / sarc

      1. Maybe he should visit hospital nurseries and deliberately blind some infants. Stimulus!

      2. ” just imagine all he jobs that will create”

        Ding ding ding. We have a winner.

  9. “it’s important that we have an opportunity to discuss the situation before we make any decisions.”

    “But first we must have an opportunity to discuss having an opportunity to discuss the situation before we make any decisions.”

    1. Didn’t you already make a decision without much discussion? You remember, the decision to ban the cane?

  10. People, don’t you see how necessary this is? If she gets around without complete dependence on those in authority now, she’ll start getting crazy ideas about doing so as an adult, and we just can’t have that.

  11. the school is ready to create a dependent and incapacitated child out of a bold and bubbly girl who was getting around just fine

    Western society seems to have developed a very deep fear of people who are independent in even the smallest ways.

    1. “Western society government seems to have developed a very deep fear of people who are independent in even the smallest ways.”

  12. The job of the administrator is to look out for the welfare of all the children. So when it comes to the needs of any individual children, the needs of the many come first. That’s the cool thing about serving groups of people. You get to shit on any individuals who actually require your consideration.

    1. You get to shit on any individuals who actually require your consideration.

      Well how else are petty tyrant bureaucrats supposed to get sexually aroused?

  13. “virtually blind” is when your broh superglues your occulus on your face and cuts the cable.

    I think “practically blind” would be a more appropriate term.

    also, wtff.

  14. jeesus christ on a popsicle stick

  15. Taking a cane away from a blind girl.

    At this point, I just don’t know what to say. And people call libertarians the heartless, vicious ones.

    1. Well, yeah. Libertarians would allow that girl to go around tripping people and getting the school sued for the damages. Think about all the broken bones and lawsuits this wonderful administrator is preventing. Sure they’re taking away the independence of a blind girl, but you must look at the bigger picture. Individuals must be sacrificed for the greater good. That’s what libertarians don’t understand. Individuals don’t matter. Only the greater good matters.

      1. COMMON GOOD BEFORE INDIVIDUAL GOOD!

      2. I still can’t get over the fact that, in my state, and all others I have tested in, people who are driving are required to pay close attention to any individual using a white cane! Kids and teachers can’t hear, first, then see someone using the darned cane, while walking in the same hallway?! It is a complete lack of logic that thinks the child is dangerous to the people around her! Or, is it now acceptable to not show a blind person COMMON COURTESY?! Just wow!

  16. This story actually made me get moist eyes. Especially when looking at the picture of the little girl making her way with her pink cane. Fuck school administrators the world over!!!

    1. The thought of taking away this girl’s cane and turning her into a dependent makes the school administrators moist too, just not in the eyes. Fuck all these shit stains to death.

      1. That picture is emotion porn for me. Every time I look at it, the tears want to come.

  17. I know Peak Retard is a myth, but we’ve got to be getting close, right?

    1. You can only close half the remaining distance, and then repeat.

      1. The hare can never catch the tortoise.

      2. Zeno’s Retard.

      3. Asymptotic approach to peak retard? That means there’s no “peak” about it. The retard function is probably hyperbolic, such that the asymptotic line is ever increasing.

        There’s no hope. ** shoots self **

    2. Positive feedback loop. See Idiocracy for details.

  18. Jo Dent, the head of the school, insists, “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.”

    Her cane, Jo. And the pupil’s name is Lily-Grace.

    1. Seriously, though. What kind of creature can take a little blind girl’s cane away, defend the decision to do so later, and not ever think, “Hey, maybe i’m the bad guy here”?

      1. What kind of creature…..

        I finally saw the harry potter movies recently. I’m pretty sure that Jo Dent is the fat mean aunt from the beginning of movie 3 or 4.

      2. What kind of creature can take a little blind girl’s cane away, defend the decision to do so later, and not ever think, “Hey, maybe i’m the bad guy here”?

        A bureaucrat.

    2. Passive voice + Nonspecific language

      Where have we seen this pattern before…

  19. Have any of the other students or teachers tripped yet? No? Then let her have her cane until it can be “discussed.” Innocent until proven guilty, amirite?

    1. Don’t you understand? All possible crimes/accidents must be stopped before they have an opportunity to happen, dealing with them afterwards is just silly and generally immoral. That’s why we prefer to take all guns away from the law abiding, so it’s safe to let criminals walk the street instead of putting them in prison. Same thing here, take her cane away so any possible victims can’t possibly be harmed and they won’t have to put her in prison.

  20. This may seem harsh, but I think the only solution is to…how do I put this…exterminate all weak children. That way us Normies will not have to deal with such petulant, time-wasting behavior.

    1. Soylent green needs a good consistent input pipeline to maintain proper inventory margins.

  21. What do other blind people in Britain do?

    1. They are assigned to the Rotherham Police Department’s sex crimes division.

      1. It’s better for (almost) everyone that way, isn’t it?

  22. England was such a lovely country. So sad to see it go.

  23. If only this were a U.S. school, the disability-rights bureaucracy would have been landing on them like a ton (tonne) of bricks right now.

    “By Jove, they’ve told us we have to provide ‘reasonable accomodation’ to disabled students! How was I to know?”

    Given how U.S. administrators define reasonable accomodation (hint: broadly), they would have had little difficulty in saying that *letting a blind girl have a cane* was a reasonable accomodation.

    And to heck with the jerryskids for stealing my blind swordsman joke.

    1. they’ve told us we have to provide ‘reasonable accomodation’ to disabled students

      Well, that’s what the new pubsec union member tasked with leading her around will be. Their “reasonable accommodation”.

    2. As long as she can use the boys bathroom all reasonable accommodations have been made.

  24. Having an adult with you 100% of the time is quite reasonable. With the added benefits of the increased safety of the other students as well as the increased dependency of those involved.

    Thus spoke the bureaucrats.

    1. This was meant to be in reply to Notorious UGCC

  25. These kind of articles need to start including the names of everyone involved in the stupid decision, and their photographs.

    These are public employees doing their jobs, so there shouldn’t be any concerns about their privacy or doxing them.

  26. I am unable to be witty with this. Fuck this wanker.

    1. Woodchipper?

  27. I think we all know who be trippin’ in this school.

      1. HItler trippin’? How did Mel Brooks miss that one.

    1. 12th grade me?

  28. Update: “…the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the regulator for safety in schools, say the term “health and safety” was used wrongly to deny the little girl her cane.”

    http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/R…..z3rxNMSB2G

    1. NO. FUCKEN. KIDDING.

    2. “the correct way to use the term ‘health and safety’ to deny blind children use of a cane is as follows….”

  29. Mehtinks Jo has suspended her humanism for bureaucratic safety bull shit.

    We live in a time where we look at inanimate object and determine it’s dangerous without laying much context and common sense anymore.

    Honestly, this is horrible. That poor kid. Hang in there, Lily-Grace!

    I read the comments in the article linked. I CAN’T BELIEVE there idiots defending the school. Which makes me wonder, if schools do stupid things like this they must have support, no?

    1. There are a surprising number of people who will blindly support authority in all things.

      1. I didn’t read it, but, what sarcasmic said!

      2. I bet Lily-Grace won’t be one of them.

  30. Shouldn’t Jo Dent be responsible for proving 100% adult support until a decision is rendered on the cane?

    1. You want the girl to break a leg, don’t you.

  31. No cane is a hell of a thing.

  32. What part of “untermensch” do you not understand?

  33. Whatever became of the thoughtful common sense the British used to be guided by?

  34. Sad little bureaucrats should be sent out to pick up rocks and pebbles that can be thrown, then cut down all the trees because branches might fall, then lower all sidewalks so they are absolutely even with the ground so people can’t fall over the edges, provide hand wipes at every door knob and locker….I can go on…

  35. Gotta ban tripping hazards, huh?

    Banning feet next?

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