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Student frostbitten after forced by school to stand in cold in wet suit

Student Frostbitten After Forced by School to Stand in Cold in Wet Suit

Como Park Senior High School in Minnesota is under fire after a freshman was forced to stand outside in freezing temperatures while dripping wet.

'The 14-year-old was in the school's pool when the fire alarm went off. A small science experiment had triggered that alarm and the teenager was rushed out of the building with no time to put on any dry clothes,' "Fox & Friends" reported.

WCCO reports the ninth grader, Kayona Hagen-Tietz couldn't even sit in a faculty member's car due to a school policy.

'I grabbed my towel because it was what was by the pool and I walked outside and it was really cold,' Kayona said. 'As soon as they seen her outside in her swimsuit soaking wet and barefoot, they should have done something,' her angry mom explained.

Kayona says a teacher eventually gave her a jacket.

A friend also gave her a sweatshirt to wrap around her bare feet. After she stood outside for 10 minutes, the young girl got frostbite on her feet. She now has to take pain medication.

The event happened last Wednesday, on a day that WCCO reports had some of the coldest conditions of the year. The actual temperature was -5 degrees Fahrenheit, with the wind chill making it feel like -25.

National Review Online reports that eventually, Kayona was allowed to sit inside a car.

'After Hagen-Tietz had suffered for ten minutes in subzero weather, a teacher finally received administrative permission to let her sit inside her car until students were allowed back inside.'

St. Paul Public Schools did release a statement saying it will review its procedures with input from the Fire Marshal. Kayona's mother, Eva Tietz, wants an apology from the school.

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dadleonard March 04 2014 at 6:25 PM

Sadly this is what happens because of Lawyers greed. Now a lawyer is going to make a big profit school policy is not a whim of the administration It comes from actions of a few. I I had of seen the girl I would have handed her a blanket , but no way would I have allowed her into my vehicle. Also I would have called the police to respond to her

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maxaman2010 dadleonard March 04 2014 at 6:33 PM

I hope a lawyer and this family make a million plus dollars. They deserve it. This school system is so crapped out it's not funny. I hope you lose your toes from frostbite and don't hire a lawyer, you stu[pid ****

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phil dadleonard March 04 2014 at 6:48 PM

Sorry to disagree. I would have definitely allowed, and even encouraged this child to get into my car. I'd also invite 3 or 4 other kids to help. Sure, there is always a chance of some accusation, but....sometimes it's not easy to do the right thing. Someone must be the adult here, cause its for certain those in charge at the school, are lacking in maturity.

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Len March 04 2014 at 4:57 PM

Call stupid school rules welfare for lawyers.

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glenler March 04 2014 at 4:55 PM

These educators are 100% clueless. They have Zero common sense or common decency. Why do we want or allow people like this to be teaching our children!!!!

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rschli7137 March 04 2014 at 4:55 PM

I worked the pool area in our local high school for about 3 years. We had a policy for a fire emergency. In the pool room (where the pump etc. was located) we had 25 lined rainsuits and boots for the students. When a fire drill was scheduled, it was for a time when the pool was not in use! How stupid are these people in a cold state like Minn.?? People should be reprimanded, and I hope this girl/parents sue.

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sulandherb March 04 2014 at 4:55 PM

if this is the brains of our educators, how can they possibly impart wisdom?

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sstanroberts March 04 2014 at 4:52 PM

So,to protect her they caused her bodily harm.What a screwed up system they force on people.These idiots do not need to be allowed to be in charge of anything if they are that stupid.What happened to common sense?

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Tom March 04 2014 at 4:51 PM

Political correctness run amuck. Teachers and admin do stupid and dangerous things to student out of fear of being fired for violation of stupid rules.

Someone should get fired (at the least) for this.

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Eva March 04 2014 at 4:51 PM

This is madness, forget the rules! We got a person in below freezing weather in a bikini! D:<

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massphu Eva March 04 2014 at 4:54 PM

*a wet

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wcoastguynca March 04 2014 at 4:50 PM

School administrators were graduates of "Forrest Gump High School". "Stupid is as stupid does" is the school's motto.

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W4100 March 04 2014 at 4:45 PM

You can't reason with stupidity

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ttoozz W4100 March 04 2014 at 4:55 PM

Sadly stupidity seems to be the norm for public school administrations accross these states.

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