East Meadow high school expels hearing-impaired freshman's service dog

A freshman at W. Tresper Clarke High School says his school is preventing him from not only learning, but being safe as well.John Cave has been hearing-impaired since he was 10 months old. He and his

News 12 Staff

Jan 4, 2007, 11:33 PM

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A freshman at W. Tresper Clarke High School says his school is preventing him from not only learning, but being safe as well.John Cave has been hearing-impaired since he was 10 months old. He and his mother, Nancy, say his service dog helps him throughout the day. Without Simba, Cave says he wouldn't be able to hear a fire alarm or if there were sirens nearby.The Caves are accusing the school of child abuse in addition to disregarding federal and state law. For the second straight day, the school refused to let Cave in the building with his dog. Since Cave did not have his hearing implants in, his mother says the principal made him wait out in the cold for 30 minutes until an interpreter arrived to tell him the dog was not allowed in. She says the only reason her son had to wait was so the school didn't have to write down it refused to let the dog in. The school has said the service dog is unnecessary since John has hearing implants.Nancy Cave says the family is prepared to take legal action if the school continues to refuse to let the dog inside.


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