Mission Father Upset School Did Not Seek Medical Attention for Son

5 years 4 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, May 18 2017 May 18, 2017 May 18, 2017 6:45 PM May 18, 2017 in News

MISSION – A Mission father said his son was beaten and left unconscious at school. He wants to know why the school failed to call for medical attention.

The father said when he picked up his son from school it was apparent he needed to go to the emergency room.

“They said my son had been in a fight. They never once told me he had been knocked out,” Efrain Garza said.

He said when the school contacted his wife they never notified him about the severity of the issue. He immediately rushed his son to the hospital.

“The doctor automatically sent us to the trauma center in McAllen Medical Center, that’s how bad it was,” Garza said.

He wanted to know why the school didn’t seek further medical attention.

“We spent the night there because they found a mass in the CAT scan that they did on my son,” he said.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS went to Mission CISD and spoke to public relations specialist Naida Robles.

Robles said according to federal law, the district is unable to disclose confidential student information.

She said schools have the ability to call for emergency medical attention. We asked why they did not in Garza’s case. Robles couldn’t disclose further information.

She did issue the following statement:

“Student safety is a priority. Federal law prevents the School District from disclosing confidential student information even to refute inaccurate or false information concerning the student or an incident involving one or more students.  The district received information concerning an incident that occurred May 16 and dispatched appropriate personnel to respond to the situation.  We have requested, and will continue to request, that any person with knowledge of the facts surrounding the incident provide us with whatever information they have about the incident so that we can properly apply state law and board policy.  Protective measures have been put in place, and we are continuing with an investigation.  Once it is complete, we will take appropriate action in accordance with state law and school board policy.  As we have demonstrated in the past and as we will continue to demonstrate in the future, the safety of all of our students, staff, and community is of the greatest importance to the Mission Consolidated Independent School District.”

Robles said once the investigation is complete, they will take appropriate action according to state law and school board policy.

Robles urges anyone with more information on the incident to contact Mission CISD.

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