PUBLISHED: 09:22 EST, 31 May 2012 | UPDATED: 09:49 EST, 31 May 2012
A young girl is being kept out of school as her mother claims a lapse in safety caused part of her young daughter’s finger to be sliced off in a playground accident.
Katricia Harmon, 5, was playing with friends at Yellowstone Academy in Houston, Texas, last week when she stuck her finger in an empty screw hole on a schoolyard sign.
KRIV-TV reported that when another child turned the sign, about a third of the young girl’s pinky finger was cut off.
Pain: Katricia Harmon lost about a third of her pinky finger while playing with friends at Yellowstone Academy in Houston, Texas
Ironically, the sign says ‘Play it Safe!’
Katricia’s mother, Naomi Rylander told KRIV-TV that the school called asking her to pick her daughter up, but did not call 911.
The single mother told the station: ‘When I picked her up they said, “We already cleaned it up and bandaged it.”‘
Ms Rylander took her daughter to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, where doctors discovered that a portion of the finger was cut off.
Bandaged: Katricia’s mother took her to Texas Children’s Hospital, where doctors discovered that a portion of the finger was cut off
She said: ‘[The finger] was off. It cut the whole thing off.’
KRIV-TV reported that Katricia will have to have physical therapy and undergo several surgeries.
Ms Rylander said the ordeal did not stop there, as she said the school declined to provide help with Katricia’s medical bills because the mother had signed a waiver earlier in the school year.
A mother’s pain: Naomi Rylander says the school called her to pick up her daughter, but did not call 911
She claimed that she did not understand the waiver.
Ms Rylander has sought the help of the Elite Ladies of Expression, a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing advice in legal, educational and health matters.
Dee Jenkins, a legal guru with the organisation, told KRIV-TV: ‘This child should have had an ambulance called. You don’t even know how bad it was. They did not, undoubtedly.’
Sign of danger: Ironically, the sign that Katricia cut her finger on says ‘Play it Safe!’
When reached by KRIV-TV, School principal Cherie Singleton did not deny the allegations that the school did not call 911 after the accident.
Ms Singleton said she hopes to meet with Ms Rylander to discuss the matter and Katricia’s medical bills, and to inspect playground equipment more often.
But until there’s a resolution to the matter, Ms Rylander told the station that her daughter won’t be going back to Yellowstone Academy.
School: Cherie Singleton, the principal of Yellowstone Academy, did not deny the allegations that the school did not call 911 after the accident