School Forces Girl With Cerebral Palsy to Give Up Walker for Wheelchair (VIDEO)

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LaKay RobertsLaKay Roberts, 5, has fought her whole short life to do things many children take for granted. Born with cerebral palsy, her adoptive mother, Kristi Roberts, was told the girl would never talk or walk, but she's proven them wrong. After much hard work, she started walking with the assistance of a walker a couple of years ago. Only now her mother says the New Caney Independent School District in Texas is trying to undue so much hard work and force her daughter back into a wheelchair.

It's heartbreaking to think about and unimaginable how school officials could possibly justify their actions. Oh, they have some excuses, but based on the facts being reported, they certainly don't seem strong enough to justify the damage they're doing to the innocent little girl caught in the middle of what's becoming a big public mess.

 As Kristi told NBC:

If she can walk now, please let her walk. Don’t strap her in a wheelchair. We’ve worked so hard. She has worked so hard.

The school says it's unsafe for LaKay to use a walker after she was seen falling in a parking lot while using one. That's great that they're concerned about safety, but plenty of children fall at school while running down the field at recess or while skipping down the halls. Should we strap them all down in wheelchairs as well?

Officials also say that they're also waiting for doctor's confirmation that the walker is safe without leg braces, but Kristi says at least two letters from LaKay's physicians have been provided that state she should be using a walker at school. I'm sure there are legal ramifications the school fears but when it comes to the well being of a little girl and something that could potentially set her health back, those fears need to come in second.

Making matters worse is the way the officials have handled the case to date. Kristi recorded a conversation with one administrator and posted it on YouTube. The manner in which he speaks to her is downright rude and unacceptable. When he tells her, "You're not concerned about LaKay," I can't believe he knows he's being recorded. What other motivation could she possibly have?

My guess is there's more to the story than we're reading (there usually is), but the heart of the matter seems simple enough -- discrimination. I'd say the school has a pretty tough job to prove otherwise. 

Do you think the school is wrong for banning this girl from using her walker?


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Chris... ChristinaHall


I cannot imagine any good reason for this child to have her walker taken away from her.  I agree with you on the faux-concern that she could fall while using a walker. So? She gets back up again. It's what we do.

No matter how they try to spin this, what they're ultimately telling this little girl is that she is too weak to succeed, and that there is something wrong with her.  And they would be wrong on both accounts.

Teresa Kennedy

This kind of thing is sadly pretty common. My son's disability includes poor muscle tone, especially of the mouth- around 70% of kids use a g-tube. He's always been 100% oral. His special ed preschool teacher insisted he have a swallow study done to determine what foods were safe for him to eat at school and then insisted we send snacks for him because the study showed he had difficulty with the kinds of things she was serving. We went back and forth with meetings and evaluations and documentation and were sending "approved" snacks... and they weren't giving them to him. I found out during the last month of school that EVERY other kid was having snack each day while he was left to wander the classroom. We transferred him to the local Head Start program the next year where he ate snack and lunch each day with no issues.

SwePea SwePea

They're afraid of getting sued.

BeSwe... BeSweet707

This makes me sad. I too have a child with cerebral palsy. The school is wrong.

LoSawyer LoSawyer

This is downright awful. If anybody ever talked to me like that I sure as hell would have been saying a lot more! Kudos to Kristi for fighting and not just taking this treatment.

nonmember avatar Lucia20

Unbelievable. One more proof that some people in the education system there have been educated well beyond their intelligence level...

buffa... buffalove23

If you actually read up on the story, she didn't just fall in the parking lot, her walker collapsed. So between unsafe equipment and sue happy America its no wonder why the school doesn't want her walking. Although I think they should be helping the mom find a better walker, not confining the poor girl to a wheelchair.

mommy... mommy_2_be_2010

I have cp and this story pisses me off the staff make me want to puke and I want to slap someone. Let the baby use her walker!

PinkJane PinkJane

Afraid of being sued? Easy: make the parents sign a release form.

E-mail these jerks and tell them what you think:

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