The mother of a 5-year-old Texas girl who is missing her arm, some fingers and her toes says that some people have told her that her daughter does not belong in Pre-K.
Sakura Barden had to have amputations done because of a battle she had with bacterial meningitis two years ago.
“She went through a living hell of her own,” said her grandfather, Dennis Harden. “We were there, we saw it.” Her grandmother, Linda Barden, called Sakura a miracle. “She’s so energetic and so beautiful and so positive,” Linda said.
Sakura’s mother, Helen Barden, said that her daughter is not contagious so she didn’t think that enrolling her in school at the Splendora I.S.D. would be a problem. “I figured it wouldn’t be a big deal,” Helen said.
Apparently it was a big deal. She claims some other parents told her Sakura should not be at school. “Because she doesn’t look the same as the other children, because she has an amputation,” she said. A nurse recommended that she enroll in daughter in special education. “It would have given her a complex,” Helen said. “I don’t want her to ever feel bad about herself because she’s beautiful.”
The girl’s grandmother had a word of advice for anyone who has a problem with Sakura. “It could happen to you,” Linda said. “I would not want that to happen to anybody. But if it did, what would you do? How would you feel?”
The superintendent for the Splendora I.S.D. said that Sakura will remain in school, KHOU reported.
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