Service Dog Denied from Diabetic Teacher's ClassroomPublished October 5, 2011
According to a USA Today article, a Type 1 diabetic Mississippi teacher has been denied the right to bring her service dog, a Diabetic Alert Dog, into her classroom.
The teacher, 29-year-old Christina McCurdy, uses her female boxer, Jinx, as a Diabetic Alert service dog. The dog is trained to alert McCurdy when her blood sugar is dropping, something she says she cannot tell the majority of the time. The huge swings in McCurdy's blood sugar levels could lead to seizures, organ damage and even death.
As a result of her condition, McCurdy has continuously lobbied her school district to allow her to bring her pup Jinx into the classroom. She's been denied repeatedly, and she still has not received an answer as to why.
In McCurdy's estimation, her dog Jinx is purely a service dog in the same fashion that a seeing-eye dog is. While dogs have been helping the blind for many years, diabetic alert dogs are a relatively new trend. They rely on scent to sense when blood sugar is dropping.
Do diabetic alert dogs really work? McCurdy thinks so. According to her, Jinx has never been wrong about when McCurdy's blood sugar is about to drop. And, as a result, she thinks having Jinx in the classroom could potentially save her life.
So what's the deal with denying this service dog from doing it's job? It doesn't seem right.
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