Comments on Judge Rules Against Service Dog in School

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Kris, KC (retired signal dog) and Chara   Waynesboro, VA

11/12/2009 6:35:35 PM

This makes me angry, I too am hearing impaired and rely solely on my hearing-signal dog. Plus, doesn't this judge realize he broke the law by stating that this child doesn't need his dog! According to the ADA and HIPPA, the child and his parents do not need to even "PROVE" that this child's impairment requires a dog. My old girl KC and I have been thrown out of public events in the past as well. The difference was that I went to the press and the Department of Justice and this policer officer that was in the wrong, lost his job. Thankfully, we settled out of court. But, how ignorant of this judge. I hate to say though, the parents and the child will win this case, even if it goes to a federal level. Boy, I hate seeing this all over again.

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Annmarie   Milford, MA

11/11/2009 5:25:08 AM

This judge needs to have a family member with a service dog. I would say just read the federal laws again. I am going through a similar circumstance and I am an employee, not a student in a school. It is not my principal's doing either as he is a a dog lover himself and sees no wrong in this dog being my hearing dog and dog for diabetes. Good luck to all of us with helper dogs.

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Reverend Claudia   Dearborn Heights, MI

1/28/2009 4:50:37 AM

That has got to be the dumbest reason I ever heard of to deny the boy his service dog. This judge needs help!

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Jessica   Tiffin, OH

2/28/2007 4:27:11 PM

I find it disturbing that the judge just because he disagreed with the way the family handled the case ruled against them their should have never been a case the ada give the dog the right to go everywhere with his partner that is that their should not be any arguing over it the boy has the right and the need to be with his dog

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Anne   Milford, MA

2/28/2007 4:14:16 PM

I thought that a service dog was to be allowed to accompany his partner anywhere. That right is protected by the ADA. I don't understand the judge's ruling. Even if the judge disagrees with the process the parents filed (jumped to a law suit vs. following school appeals process) that doesn't change the law. Service dogs are trained to be with their partner and that's where they and their partner need them to be.

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Cyndi   Klamath Falls, OR

2/28/2007 4:11:34 PM

I think if the family had gone thru proper fields and not sued for such a high amount, then the school district might have let the service dog stay.

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Jen   New Britain, CT

2/28/2007 1:38:34 PM

I think this school and court are being ridiculous!! Service dogs need to be with their companions all day, that's what they have been trained, and in some cases bred to do.

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Sandi   Lake Milton, OH

2/28/2007 2:20:32 AM

I think the courts need to understand why a service dog needs to stay with his companion all day. This is what the dog is used to. They need to use three commands all day to stay on top of his learning process.

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