A 7-year-old girl died Monday after being exposed to peanuts at school. The girl, Ammira Johnson, had a severe peanut allergy that administrators at the school had been made aware of. Yet Hopkins Road Elementary School in Chesterfield County, Virginia had declined an EpiPen to be left at the school for emergencies. Instead, Ammira’s action plan at school was that she be given Benadryl for a reaction. Still, that’s not the only way the school failed this young child and her family.
During an interview with CBS 6, “At 2:30 they called my wife and said somebody needed to pick Ammaria up because her tongue was swelling. My wife told them to call 911.” If a child is having a severe allergic reaction, why wouldn’t the school call 911 first? Laura Pendelton, Ammira’s mother, had her meeting with school officials to discuss what happened cancelled, which leaves the grieving mother wondering how her daughter managed to have access to and to then consume a peanut or peanut product in the first place.
I have a hard time understanding how the school system could have failed this little girl so severely. Sure, exposure happens, but then to have refused the EpiPen, to not have followed the procedure in place that they *had* agreed to and then to not call 911 when a student has a severe medical reaction is just gross neglect on the part of the school.
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