Amazing Johnson, 6, severed the top of her finger when it was accidentally caught in a door at school. Instead of calling 911, school officials only called her parents.
Latesha Coleman, Amazing's mother, received a call from Hughes Road Elementary administrators about her daughter's injury, but tells KRIV Fox 26 they downplayed just how severe the injury was. Coleman was told the "nurse was working with Amazing, that Amazing was fine...She's being loved on by the nurse."
Emergency medical help was not called, even as it became clear that Amazing was missing a piece of her finger.
In a prepared statement, Dickinson I.S.D. confirms Amazing lost the tip of her finger and that her parents were called to take her to the hospital. Had they not been able to reach Amazing's parents or if it were a life-threatening incident, 911 would have been called, Yahoo News reports.
Latesha Coleman arrived at the hospital where Amazing had been taken by her father to find him holding a bag, "and he had the tip of her pinky in the bag.”
Doctors were able to reattach Amazing's fingertip, but that does not dismiss the negligence Latesha Coleman feels the school displayed during the incident. She told KRIV Fox 26 that she spoke with the school's principal and asked, "Why didn't you call 911?" The response, "She didn't feel like it was an emergency." Coleman continues, "How is this not an emergency and her finger is in a bag...I'm thinking maybe a child has to be dead and that's the only way to call 911."
Other school districts in the area (Aldine ISD, Klein ISD, and Fort Bend ISD) reported to KRIV Fox 26 that 911 is called only at the discretion of the school nurse. If an event is believed to be a medical emergency 911 will be called, otherwise the child's parents are contacted.
Under a new Kentucky law, students around the state will have to stay in school until they either receive their high school diploma or turn 18.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, First Lady Jane and Education Commissioner Terry Holliday praised school boards around the state for rushing to adopt the “Graduate Kentucky” standard, which can become law in four years.
The new state law, Senate Bill 97, allows local districts to voluntarily increase the dropout age. Once 96 districts in the Bluegrass State approve the policy, it will be mandated statewide in four years.
“After five years of hard work by Commissioner Holliday, the First Lady and others to implement raising the compulsory graduation age to 18, I am overwhelmed by the support our school boards have shown by racing to adopt this policy,” Gov. Beshear said, according to 14News.com.
More than 20 school districts that hadn’t acted on the policy were slated to meet this week. WFPL has confirmed that several of those districts planned to adopt the policy.
“We achieved our goal much faster than we anticipated,” Mrs. Beshear said. “The effort speaks so highly of the dedicated school boards, administrators, parents, teachers and communities who have made high school graduation a top priority for our students.”
Just two weeks back, leaders launched the “Blitz to 96” – the effort to get 96 school districts to adopt the new dropout age. Within the first week of the campaign, 75 districts had already done so.
Research shows that graduates of high school live longer, are less likely to be teen parents and are more likely to raise healthier, better-educated children. Graduates of high school are also less likely to commit crimes, rely on government healthcare or use other public services.