Majesty, a two-year-old Golden retriever and service dog, is essential to 7-year-old Zachary Sorrells’ life, accompanying the Arkansas boy with cerebral palsy and epilepsy at his public elementary school and preventing life-threatening seizures by signaling an alert in advance, his family says.
But Majesty’s presence within the Cabot School District comes at a high cost for the Sorrells — $125 a week for a private adult handler because the school claims it is not required to provide a staff member to handle the animal.
“The school told us that Majesty is not allowed to be handled by school staff,” Michelle Sorrells, the boy’s mother, told FoxNews.com. “She’s trained to work for Zachary but it’s the responsibility of an adult to control her. The school system will not allow staff to do that so we have to send a private handler to the school.”