Parents question school’s response after local boy passes out in class

Published: Dec. 12, 2019 at 10:57 PM CST
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Charles Davis is overjoyed to have his son back to full health, after what he calls a terrifying experience that took place last month.

"The phone call that I got led me to believe that my son was okay but he wasn't," said Davis, whose son, also named Charles, passed out while in class at Parkdale Elementary school.

Davis says that he arrived at the school and found his son in a wheelchair with his head down.

He says the school’s nurse told him, “We checked his vital signs and they were all good and everything was fine with him."

However Davis was unconvinced.

"He was not speaking, he was not physically talking, walking or nothing," he said.

Davis drove his son to Ascension Providence Hospital in Waco.

Four hours later, the boy was taken by ambulance to Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin.

He was released after spending four days in the hospital.

Doctors, his family says are still unsure what caused the second grader to pass out, suggesting it might have been a seizure.

Davis, meanwhile, thinks that the school should have done more.

"I want the next child that goes through what my child went through to be safe," he said.

Under Waco ISD guidelines, ambulances are called for specific medical emergencies including seizures, anaphylactic shock and unresponsiveness to both verbal and physical cues, district spokesman Josh Wucher said.

“In reviewing this incident, our health services coordinator has studied the situation closely and concluded that the care provided was appropriate,” he said.

“According to medical records that were given to us by the family, Davis' student health log says that he did respond to physical stimulus including squinting eyes when the nurse checked his pupils,” he said.

That was a factor in the decision not to call an ambulance, Wucher said.

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