A Harlingen mother is voicing her concerns, claiming her daughter with special needs was left in soiled pants for more than an hour at her Harlingen school.
The six-year-old girl was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor when she was four years old. She is currently in a wheelchair and needs constant assistance.
“Going through chemo and radiation, she had to miss out of school for over a year,” said Jolynn Garcia’s mother, Evelyn Flores.
Flores said her daughter had an accident while in her kindergarten class at Bonham elementary on Monday, causing her to soil herself.
She said she received a call from her daughter’s teacher.
“I asked her, ‘Do I need to go down there and change her or is someone else going do that?’ and she said that the nurse would do it,” said Flores.
Flores called the school an hour later and said she was told her daughter had not been cleaned.
“The nurse said she hadn’t cleaned her up yet because she had ten other students in the office,” Flores said. “I didn’t know that she had been soiled in her wheelchair for that whole hour.”
CBS 4 News contacted the Halingen Consolidated Independent School District about the incident, but they could not give specific details.
They provided the following statement:
“At HCISD, the safety and well-being of our students is our number one priority, and we work diligently to address the needs of all students. While we can not discuss the specifics of this situation, parents are encouraged to work with their school administrators to address specific issues. We continue to provide an advantageous learning environment for all students.”
Flores said she wants the district to take action by providing her daughter a chaperone at all times to prevent another similar incident.