Girl suffers concussion on field trip; school fails to notify parents

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by Rucks Russell / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on January 8, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 12:32 AM

HOUSTON--When children go to school, their parents assume they’re in safe hands. But Corey Bell blames the Rice School for shattering what he always thought to be true.

“I was irate,” said Bell. “I just don’t want this to happen to anyone else’s child.”

Bell doesn’t want another child to go through what his 11-year-old daughter Kaitlan did last month. The Rice School 6th grader was hurt after she bumped heads with another girl while riding a swing set during a field trip.

Kaitlan said she was in a lot of pain and felt dizzy and confused. She said she told the nurse what happened when she returned to school. She claimed the nurse gave her some medicine to take and that was it.

When she got home, her symptoms had worsened.

“So we immediately took her to the emergency unit,” said Bell.

Doctors at St. Luke's said Kaitlan had a severe concussion. She was treated at the hospital and remained home for several days. But no one from the school ever notified the parents of what had happened.

“She let me know that she notified the teachers and the teachers kind of brushed it off,” said Bell.

A school official said that while it’s standard practice for the nurse to notify parents when a child complains of an injury, the regular nurse was away from campus that day.

The official released a statement that read in part:

“Unfortunately, the assistant did not notify the parents per standard practice. This matter is being handled as a disciplinary issue, and the school has taken measures to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”

But the Bell family thinks it should have never happened in the first place.

“It’s serious,” said Bell.

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