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March 12, 2007

so my son comes home today and shows me the little finger of his right hand.

it is a purplish black and swollen to nearly twice the size it’s supposed to be. of course, i question him. since he didn’t see fit to tell me until nearly dinner time my first question (after *when did this happen* – recess, btw, around 1 pm) was whether he had thought to show anyone else.

answer #1 :: i showed my friends (rolls eyes and continues questioning, this time specifically asking if he had shown the school nurse)

answer #2 :: no (getting frustrated but keeping my cool as i ask, why not?)

answer #3 :: well, my teacher thought it was pencil marks

send boy to see his mother while i hold in check a wash of thinly veiled rage. (not at the boy, at his chuckleheaded teacher).

aparently they had a substitute, and when he went to show her after recess she told him to go sit down it was just pencil smudges. now granted, his finger was grey going on black, but WTF?

a kid comes to you after recess complaining of jamming his finger (apparently, he did it catching a ball) and you just shrug it off and chalk it up to messy pencilitis? without even seeing if it will wash off?

now, granted, my son is about as stoic as boys come. he may not have even told the woman that he was in pain and it probablly wasn’t near as black or swollen straight off the playground as it was when i saw it 5 hours later.


isn’t that the whole point of adult supervision? to check after those little details that a kid won’t check after because he’s too busy being a kid?

if nothing else i could have got him to urgent care, had them look at it in the afternoon while there’s still plenty of daylight to burn.

instead my wife is up @ the emergency room waiting her turn in whatever slot a kid’s busted finger pulls in triage tonight.

needless to say, the principle will be getting a call tomorrow. i’m not after the poor woman’s job, but i am out to make sure the next time a kid comes to see her she pays a little more attention.


9 Comments leave one →
  1. March 12, 2007 22:45

    Wow, I’d kick some substitute butt! Those poor subs though, they’re so used to being pushed around. Still, I can’t believe she shrugged it off…I really can’t believe your kid didn’t complain anymore. Wow. I woulda been in her face. Tough kid you got there!

  2. March 12, 2007 23:58

    yeah, the hospital staff thought so, too. tomorrow is soon enough to fuss at this point, but yeah, i’m pretty ticked that they were so cavalier with my kid.

  3. March 13, 2007 03:41

    Waiting to hear what made it blow up like that, and seriously, the teacher needs a bit of wup ass for that.

  4. March 13, 2007 08:11

    update :: finger = sprained. possible hairline fracture. he doesn’t need a cast though, just a splint.

  5. March 13, 2007 11:10

    Just out of curiosity…..

    What was the time frame between the injury and the report of said injury to the teacher? Being the pessimist that I am, I would tend to think someone was lying if they reported a painful injury even an hour after it happened. In my mind, if it hurts enough to need to go to the nurse, it should’ve been reported after it happened, not 30, 40, 50, 60 or more minutes after it happened.

    Just playing Devil’s Advocate 🙂

  6. March 13, 2007 11:22

    i assume it was right after recess.

    nevertheless, pessimist or not, if his finger was discolored enough to look like it had graphite all over it i would like to think his teacher would err on the side of caution.

    in any case, my son is fine, and as i said in my post, he may not have even told her he was hurt. he may well have just asked her why his finger was black (he’s a funny kid that way), but still, i expect any adult left in charge of my kid to BE the adult.

  7. March 13, 2007 13:47

    Hey Brahanmin,

    What did the school say today after you spoke to them?

  8. March 13, 2007 14:31

    Brahnamin can answer as well, but from the way he told me the asst. principal was very apologetic and took it very seriously… He can fill in the details.

  9. March 13, 2007 16:56

    that’s pretty much it. she was mortified. if you pressed the phone really close to your head you could hear lawyers clammonring for attention in the backwaters of her mind.

    she definitely took it seriously.

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