Target: Veterans Elementary School Principal Jean Perry
Goal: Apologize to injured fourth-grader and her family for not calling 911 after the student broke her arm in two places on the school playground
Recently, fourth-grader Ally D’Eon fell off a jungle gym at the Veterans Elementary School playground and broke her arm in two places. However, instead of calling for an ambulance, the school nurse called Ally’s parents. The school provided no care for the child, but instead prolonged her pain and prevented her from getting the quick help she needed. Now, school officials claim the nurse followed policy and refuse to apologize to the family.
According to Jen D’Eon, Ally’s mother, Ally was screaming in pain when she arrived, and her arm ‘looked like a wing’. She was given no pain relievers or a splint for the break. When she did arrive at the hospital, she had to be sedated due to the pain. It was instantly clear to her parents that she needed to go to the hospital immediately, and it should have been clear to the school medical officials as well. Schools are responsible for the students’ well-being and health, and Ally’s school failed to help her. Instead, she was neglected and left in extreme pain until her parents could make the decision they had trusted the school to make.
According to Principal Jean Perry, the school’s policy is to call the parents in the case of a medical emergency. However, the policy also says that in the case of an extreme emergency, the school nurse may ‘make arrangements for immediate hospitalization of injured or ill students.’ The school clearly failed to provide care for Ally, and needs to apologize to her and her family for the pain and distress she suffered.
Dear Principal Perry:
Recently, a student at your school suffered from a broken arm. Ally D’Eon was forced to wait in pain until her parents could take her to the hospital. It was clear that she needed immediate hospitalization, but the school nurse did not call 911. Ally was not given any relief at the school, and needed sedation when she finally arrived at the hospital.
I ask you to apologize to Ally D’Eon and her family. Your school’s policy does allow for a child to be sent to the hospital in extreme emergencies. This injury was clearly an extreme case, and by not sending Ally to the hospital, she suffered needlessly. She and her family deserve an apology for this suffering caused by your school.
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