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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After eight-year-old Dakota Nafzinger’s cane was taken away and replaced with a pool noodle, the school district has now apologized.

On Tuesday, Dakota’s mother Rachel Nafzinger told WDAF that her son, who was born without eyes, had his cane taken away as punishment for hitting another child with it on the bus.

According to the school district’s spokeswoman, Michelle Cronk, the cane was in fact taken away because it was school property given to Dakota at the start of the school year.

As of Wednesday  the school district released a statement:

“The District has reviewed the situation. We regret that a mistake was made in making sure the student was in possession of his cane when he boarded the bus Monday evening.

The District has apologized to the family and is working to rectify the situation.”

Dakota’s mother also told WDAF that the school officials personally came to her home to bring the cane back and is thankful her son now has what he needs.