5-Year-Old Amputee Reportedly Bullied By Parents Who Don't Want Her in Their Child's Class

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sakura barden amputee school School is a huge transition for kids. Especially little 5-year-olds starting out, often their first time away from mom and dad, and learning how to be a bit more independent. Now imagine being that 5-year-old. Add in some challenges -- like being an amputee, like overcoming bacterial meningitis -- and think about how it would feel to be unwanted at the school because some parents didn't want that 5-year-old in their child's class.

This is what reportedly happened to Sakura Barden, a sweet pre-kindergartner from Splendora, Texas, who is also a miracle child. Two years ago she contracted bacterial meningitis and barely survived. She lost her arm, some fingers, and toes as a result. And some parents at the school she attends reportedly said she didn't belong in class with their children.

Sakura's mother, Helen Barden, said some of the parents told her that her daughter didn't belong "because she doesn't look the same as the other children, because she has an amputation." Wow. Seriously, parents? Are you saying this child doesn't deserve an education like your child because she's had amputations? Though the superintendent at Splendora I.S.D. said that there were no complaints and Sakura will stay exactly where she is.

Perhaps the complaints didn't make it to the higher-ups, but if what Barden is saying is true, it's really sad that any parent would make Sakura feel unwanted at her school. It's another one of those parents bullying children kind of stories that I really wish would never happen. Sakura overcame meningitis -- she is not contagious. And saying a child who is an amputee isn't allowed to be in a classroom with other children is discrimination. I know if I was her mother, I would be heartbroken to hear anyone say my child didn't belong with the other children in her class. Heartbroken and angry. Very angry.

But it's clear this family is strong -- Sakura especially. Her grandmother said that Sakura is "so energetic and so beautiful and so positive." (She's adorable!) The family is making sure that Sakura continues to feel good about herself and not see herself as anything less than beautiful, inside and out. And not even some parents supposedly having issues with her around their kids is going to stop that.

Thankfully the Bardens also shared that there are many parents and kids who fully welcomed Sakura into their class. She's made some new friends and is thriving at cheerleading. Which makes me so happy to hear! Happy school year, Sakura!

What do you think? Do you think the parents who contested Sakura being in their child's class were right or wrong?


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adamat34 adamat34

Sounds like a stunt to get attention. Why go to the media? Why not contact school administrators? This mother wants attention.

wendy... wendywendy

I think there is more to this story.

cmjaz cmjaz


Becky Gannon

I think they are wrong. Every child should feel wanted.

lizilli lizilli

I hope this isn't true because I am terrified  of the children of these parents growing up to be monsters.

Amber Barnes

Seems to me that they did contact the administrators as the superintendant was quoted as saying they will not change her classroom.  This does deserve attention.  I have a handicapped child and I would be pissed the f off!

Judi Schiff Pawliger

These are the parents that teach prejudice, racism, and intolerance in their homes. They need to pray every day that their child is not the next victim of a disfiguring illness or accident..

nonmember avatar Tracey

Are you people serious?? How many parents have lost children to bullying because the school system doesn't do crap for them..Does it surprise anyone that there's rude parents out there because guess what they probably are the parents of bullies its disgusting!!

super... supermom200

And we wonder why the generation of our children are bullies.

Shelly Marie Bedell

she did go to the administration alls they said was we didn't get any complaints....isn't that always the position they take when it come to bullying 80% of the time...I am glad she went to the media too bad she didn't call those ignorant parents out to show them how small minded and simple not to mention ignorant and cruel they really are....I doubt it was a stunt for media attention...Bullying whether by by other students or parents is wrong...and now here is proof bullies are not born, BUT most often BREAD from Ignorance such as parents like these...

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