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.
A 9-year-old boy in Michigan has been suspended indefinitely for bringing a toy that looks like a gun to school.
Gage, a student at the Creative Montessori Academy in Southgate, reportedly brought the toy to school, showed it to his friends before class, and pointed it at a friend while saying “bang, bang.”
Gage’s parents allege that the toy didn’t even resemble a firearm, but it was merely a spinning top that he brought to school to show his friends. Also, the other students involved say that Gage never actually said “bang, bang,” and that the teacher who reported the incident was wrong.
The parents say that their son suffers from epilepsy, and that he needs to be in school in order fully comprehend reading and writing. They say the indefinite suspension is not conducive to Gage’s education and continued progression.
“They’re kids, they have imaginations,” said Gage’s father Jonathan Duff. “It doesn’t look like a gun.”
Officials at the Creative Montessori Academy, however, are claiming that the parents’ story is not entirely true. They say that the toy did in fact resemble a gun, and they have the pictures to prove it. They say the toy shown in the Fox 2 news report video is not the toy that was used on the day of the incident, adding that their zero tolerance policy for this sort of thing is upheld.
“The actual toy did actually resemble a gun,” said Tonya Holcomb, chief communications director for Choice Schools Associate. “This is a case of a look-alike weapon reported to be used as a toy gun.”
The school also claims that the boy was only suspended for one day, so the parents’ claim that he is suspended indefinitely is also false.
You can see the original Fox 2 news report below.