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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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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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patdelb4 March 04 2014 at 4:20 PM

STUPID people too little too late sue the school...

Some rules are meant to be broken especially in this case...

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mbuckmeyer March 04 2014 at 4:20 PM

What?? This doesn't make sense. Anyone living is this state (and especially this horrible winter) knows how fast frost bite hits, how to wear protective clothing to prevent same, and this is well known everywhere. This teacher needs reprimanding at best and to see where his/her common sense went. This just doesn't add up. Even a five-old knows this stuff in this state.

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Christine March 04 2014 at 4:18 PM

A school full of people with no common sense.... and they are TEACHING your children. This comment is coming from a retired, former teacher!

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mrcbwalk March 04 2014 at 4:18 PM

Schools officials are so paranoid about getting sued that they make stupid mistakes. The administration in this instance acted in a stupid fashion.

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gtp4us March 04 2014 at 4:17 PM

I understand that there must be rules, but the rules should have some flexibility. Also, people should have guts enough to break the rules when they need to do the right thing. The average citizen will only be reprimanded or fired for breaking rules.

I guess I understand why the Nazis were able to carry out experiments on, and to gas so many people. At least the Nazis soldiers had the excuse that they could be executed if they did not obey the rules.

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bkblue517 March 04 2014 at 4:17 PM

Yet another example of idiot morons are in charge of our children! No common sense, whatsoever!

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ardell5975 March 04 2014 at 7:00 PM

NUTZ--I would be furious is that was my child or grandchild. An apology is insufficient and
even that was apparently not forth comming.

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hey March 04 2014 at 4:09 PM

is all the schools full of idiots and perverts, no wonder so many parents home school, I can see making her go outside but not allowing her in this emergency to get in a warm car that's where common sense flies out the window

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gimmieshockthrpy March 04 2014 at 11:34 PM

These are the fools responsible for the safety of our children???!!!

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