Kindergartner, Amazing Johnson, severs finger and school fails to call 911

Charlene Sakoda
Odd NewsDecember 12, 2013

Parents of 6-year-old Amazing Johnson, were angered when they learned that school officials did not call 911 when their daughter’s fingertip was severed.

6-year-old Amazing Johnson (KRIV)
6-year-old Amazing Johnson (KRIV)

Latesha Coleman, Amazing’s mother, told KRIV Fox 26, Hughes Road Elementary administrators called her but downplayed the severity of the student’s injury saying, "She told me that the nurse was working with Amazing, that Amazing is fine. She's being loved on by the nurse."

Latesha Coleman (KRIV)
Latesha Coleman (KRIV)

Then the administrator gave the mother more specific information. “And she told me that, you know a piece of her finger is off,” said Ms. Coleman. “I just dropped the phone. We dropped the phone and just hung up.”

Amazing Johnson's bandaged hand after her fingertip was reattached. (KRIV)
Amazing Johnson's bandaged hand after her fingertip was reattached. (KRIV)

Dickinson Independent School District (ISD) in Dickinson, Texas released a statement to KRIV confirming that Amazing’s finger was severed when it was accidentally caught in a door. After the school nurse administered first aid, the kindergartner’s parents were called so they could take her to the hospital. The district went on to state that in the event the school was unable to reach Amazing’s parents or if it were a life-threatening incident, 911 would have been called.

Hughes Road Elementary (KRIV)
Hughes Road Elementary (KRIV)

Amazing’s mother explained, "When I met her dad at the hospital he had a bag and he had the tip of her pinky in the bag.” Doctors were able to reattach the fingertip, which was severed below the fingernail. But Coleman still has questions for the school officials who knew that the child needed to be treated in a hospital. She asked the principal, "’Why didn't you call 911?’ And she was like, because she felt like it wasn’t an emergency…How is this not an emergency and her finger is in a bag. She didn’t think it was an emergency. So I'm thinking, maybe a child has to be dead and that's the only way to call 911.”


School nurse's report about the incident (KRIV)
School nurse's report about the incident (KRIV)

Three surrounding school districts (Aldine ISD, Klein ISD, and Fort Bend ISD) told KRIV that 911 is called at the discretion of the school nurse. If they believe there is a medical emergency that the 911 call will be made, then the child’s parents will be contacted. Only one other district (Pasadena ISD) has the same policy as Dickinson ISD.

Dickinson Independent School District (KRIV)
Dickinson Independent School District (KRIV)

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