12-year-old Jacob is not going to school because his dog isn’t allowed to go to school with him. But Jacob and his dog, Thor, are in a special situation. Jacob has autism and Asperger syndrome, and Thor is Jacob’s service dog. Thor is trained in brain-wave detection and has helped Jacob stay calm and focused in school and Jacob was even recognized as a most improved student.
In mid-April, the Bakersfield City School District refused to allow Thor to be at school even though he is a service dog and according to federal law, service dogs are allowed in any public place, including schools. Jacob has been out of school since then because Jacob’s parents don’t want him to be at school without Thor.
The school district says that they are concerned for the safety of the students. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating the complaint against the district.