Sep 10, 2013 11:49 AM by Eric Ross
HENRIETTA, N.Y. (AP) - A diabetic 11-year-old whose family paid $20,000 for a dog trained to sniff out blood sugar swings at school is being tutored at home after the upstate New York district refused to allow the animal in class.
Madyson Siragusa's parents say her dog named Duke is no different than seeing-eye dogs allowed inside public buildings. They're pressing the Rush Henrietta Central School District to reconsider.
Keri Siragusa says district officials initially seemed receptive to the idea. But shortly before the start of school, they sent a letter citing concerns the dog would be a distraction, scare other children and aggravate allergies.
Administrators say medical consultants advise them the dog isn't medically necessary.
The Siragusas are getting in touch with their own experts and plan to meet with district officials.