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Severed finger not enough for school to call 911

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When 6-year-old Amazing Johnson talks about part of her finger being in a plastic bag, she's not exaggerating.

Her mother Latesha Coleman shows us how much of her daughter's finger was put on ice in a zippered plastic bag.

Coleman says school administrators downplayed the kindergartners injury when they called on Tuesday saying someone needed to pick Amazing up.

"And she told me that the nurse was working with Amazing, that Amazing was fine," Coleman said. "She's being loved on by the nurse."

Amazing needed more than being loved on, she needed the tip of her finger reattached.

She needed emergency medical help as far as her mother was concerned.

"She told me a piece of her finger was off and I just dropped the phone and hung up," Coleman said.

In a prepared statement Dickinson I.S.D. confirms Amazing lost the tip of her finger when it accidentally got caught in a door.

The school nurse administered first aid, the statement says and her parents were called to take her to the hospital.

"When I met her dad at the hospital he had a bag and he had the tip of her pinky in the bag," Coleman said.

Doctors reattached her fingertip but aren't sure what the future holds.

It's clear by the nurses handwritten report and the district's statement, Amazing needed to go to the hospital.

"Why didn't you call 911, " Coleman says she asked the principal. "She didn't feel like it was an emergency."

The district says if they would have been unable to reach Amazing's parents or if this incident was life threatening then they would have called 911.

"How is this not an emergency and her finger is in a bag," Coleman said. "I'm thinking maybe a child has to be dead and that's the only way to call 911.

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