Cerebral Palsy: Black 5-Year-Old Denied Use of Walker at School
1 year ago
Lakay Roberts' walker is deemed "unsafe" by school officials
Lakay Roberts, the 5-year-old girl who was denied use of the walker, needs the device to move around and has used it at the school for the last two years.
The school, Kings Manor Elementary School, decided to deem the walker unsafe after Lakay fell in a parking lot because the walker collapsed.
Kristi Roberts, the young child's mother, recorded a conversation with the school's special director, Gary Lemley, and posted it to Youtube.
"Basically she can't use the walker because we don't think it's safe," Lemley says in the recording. When Roberts asks why it isn't safe, Lemley responds, "I just told you. We don't feel it's safe any longer."
Kristi likened the incident to a child falling in a playground and wonders if Lemley would ask them to take off their shoes and buy new ones. She is now calling for Lemley's resignation.
"I want Gary Lemley to resign. I'd like an apology, and I would like her to use her walker again and get things changed in the special education department," Roberts said.
Lakay is still unable to use the walker.
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