Timmy John Reeves, 13, got his ring finger cut off at a woodwork class earlier this month, and now his father wants answers.
Reeves says it all happened very fast. He was using a tool when his teacher told him to stop. He hit the kill switch but by then the tool sucked his glove into the blade, along with a portion of his ring finger, which he had to pull out. He recalls “my finger was gone when I pulled it out of the glove”. He was then admitted to a hospital, where the doctors decided that it was best to amputate the finger rather than to save it.
His son was well taken care of by the schools, but the father says that he had to wait two weeks before he finally heard from the Brandon School Division. He wanted to clear up what happened and figure out how such an incident could be prevented in the future.
The school offered to pay for ambulance costs but his explains “the cost has been nothing … the trauma has been a little bit more […] But in the long run what I’m worried about is the future. What is this going to cost Timmy when he’s an adult?”
Do you have any school ‘whoopsie’ stories from back when there were no safety waivers at schools?
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