I’ve often thought school officials cling too closely to their bureaucratic rules but on second thought, sometimes maybe they need strict rules — I mean this story is just too hard to comprehend. School officials failed to call 911 when a Texas kindergartener got her finger caught in a door and the tip of her finger was severed. Instead her parents had to come and get her and take her to the hospital. Fortunately, according to the story, her father was able to retrieve the missing piece of finger and it was reattached at the hospital.
When asked why they did not call 911, school officials said that decision was discretionary and they thought it was not a serious enough incident — not serious? You have part of your finger cut off and it’s not serious?
Yeah, I can see a rule that something has to be serious to call 911, but apparently the school officials have no judgmental ability whatsoever, so in this case they would have been better off with some strict, unbending rule, that would say in the event of any injury call 911. Of course that would not be practical because then if someone scraped their knee the paramedics would have to roll, but since the school officials there seem to have no ability to sort things out, they apparently need some hard and fast rule like that.
Now it may not be politically correct for me to bring this up, but from the photo in the news story I saw that the poor little girl was black — I hope the school officials were too, because if not, I see a civil rights action here or at least the grounds for one. And maybe there is regardless.
But now I’m going to own up to something. It’s hard to understand what goes through one’s mind in situations as these:
When I was a teenager I was doing a part-time job for a retired minister who had bought some property with a commercial prune orchard. I was helping him move these large sprinkler pipe main lines. We were putting segments of them together. He told me to push from one end and I did. But he had accidentally left one of his fingers in the way. As I pushed the pipe in he yelled ouch! and it almost seems surreal now, and, well, did at the time, but it looked like to me that he put a piece of his finger tip in his pocket. But we kept on working. He never did get it sewn back on, and it probably would have been too late to do so by the time we went back to his house and he showed his wife. Years later I saw him and he simply showed me his injured finger, sans a small part of the tip of it, and just laughed about it.
But if you were the school nurse or principal or teacher or whatever, wouldn’t have you called 911 for that kindergartener? Really.
Link to the story mentioned here: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/oddnews/kindergartner–amazing-johnson–severs-finger-and-school-fails-to-call-911-212310640.html