An incident that occurred at Pleasantville Elementary is sparking a court case, where a Houston mother says that the school inappropriately handled her 9-year-old daughter’s injury at the hands of another student.
The grandmother says she saw a trail of blood on her way to the nurse’s office, where her daughter was being kept. When the school called the mother, she was told that her daughter had a minor accident when another 8-year-old student cut her.
It turned out that the 9-year-old was stabbed multiple times in the face by the other classmate.
“You would just think, OK children playing with scissors and accidents happen,” Sharina told KHOU. “This was no accident.”Saniya told the news station that she was stabbed after an argument broke out over who was going to erase the chalkboard.
“She started hitting me and then she hit me with the scissors,” the third-grader said.explained.
Saniya’s grandmother, Faye Dorron, went to the school to pick the child up. She was expecting a minor cut, but what she found was far worse.
“I trailed the blood, and that’s how I found her,” Dorron recalled. “And when I seen her I was like, ‘oh my God!’”
She rushed Saniya to a nearby hospital for treatment.
“She was bleeding so bad they actually had to stitch the artery or close the inside of the artery and outside of the wound,” Sharina said. “The doctor actually said that she could have died from so much of the blood that she lost on the way to the hospital. I don’t know how a child could lose this much blood.”
Houston Independent School District (HISD) issued the following statement:
“A Pleasantville Elementary third grader was injured Monday during a brief altercation with a classmate. Administrators quickly intervened. The safety of students and staff is always HISD’s top priority. Appropriate disciplinary action is being taken per the HISD Student Code of Conduct.”
Given the severity of Saniya’s injury, the family said it doesn’t understand why the school didn’t call paramedics or how it could allow something like this to happen in a classroom.
The district said those decisions are made on a case-by-case basis and that the principal decided to call the parents first.
It was decided that the child who was responsible, at only 8-years of age was too young to charge with any crime.
The school excused itself by saying that the situation did not seem serious, so they didn’t call an ambulance for the girl. Plus, her house was just a few blocks away.