Y!: Massachusetts parents outraged after school doesn’t call 911 when daughter breaks arm

27 09 2012

I can kind of see the school’s perspective on this one. A nurse treated the kid and determined that it didn’t warrant a trip via ambulance to the hospital. In a non-emergency situation, it’s often less traumatic for the child if the parent takes them instead of having them transported. And I’m sure the fact that it would’ve hit the school’s insurance and cost them a lot of money factored into the decision. I get it.

But being a parent myself, I think the school made a horrible decision and the kid’s parents have every reason to be upset. At very least, they should’ve told the parents, “We’re going to call an ambulance and have her taken to the hospital, unless you tell us not to.” You just don’t leave a fourth grader in that much pain without any treatment while she waits for mom or dad to come and get her.

And as a teacher, if a kid falls of the jungle gym and obviously breaks their arm, the first thing I’m doing is pulling my phone out of my pocket and dialing 911.

– dEV

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Massachusetts parents outraged after school doesn’t call 911 when daughter breaks arm

By  | The Sideshow – Fri, Sep 21, 2012

Fourth-grader Ally D’Eon suffered a nasty fall from her school’s jungle gym on Tuesday, breaking her arm in two places. But her parents say the real offense occurred when school officials called the D’Eons to notify them of their daughter’s injury, rather than calling 911 or an ambulance.

“The doctors in the emergency room and the nurses in the emergency room said, ‘First aid 101, a break with a clear deformity needs an ambulance and it needs to be stabilized,'” Jenn D’Eon told WCVB.

The Lynn Daily Item reported that Veterans Memorial Elementary School Principal Jean Perry defended the decision, citing school district policy.

“The school nurse or another trained person will be responsible for administering first aid. When the nature of an illness or an injury appears in any way serious, every effort will be made to contact the parent and/or family physician immediately,” the district policy reads, according to the paper.

Saugus Superintendent of Schools Richard P. Langlois also supported the school’s decision in a statement, saying the “medical staff is fully qualified to make appropriate assessment and recommendation for treatment in such instances, and did so accordingly.”

Nonetheless, Jenn D’Eon said the “case-by-case basis” school policy is ineffective and should be changed so that other students aren’t left waiting in pain.

“I wanted to scream, ‘Hurry up, get me out of here!'” Ally told WHDH.

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