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By: Michelle Rosel
By: Michelle Rosel

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Many of you trust your child’s school will follow the proper procedures when your child gets sick.

But one woman says she trusted too much and it cost her daughters life.

Eleven-year-old Naomi Stahlman suffered from seizures regularly. It was May 3rd in a stairwell at August Middle School, she had her last spell.

Schrandra Banks says what makes her daughter’s death so unbearable is that she believes it could have been prevented.

She says they wrote a care plan for her. The plan lists specific instruction in case Naomi has a seizure.

But Banks says the written testimonies from the school outlining what happened in that stairwell are proof the care plan was ignored.

Augusta School’s attorney says strict federal laws prevent them from talking about Naomi.
But he says he is confident the incident was handled appropriately.

While Banks’ search for answers cannot bring her daughter back, she hopes her tragedy is a wake up call for school officials.

Banks says since her daughter’s death she has tried to contact school officials, but no one will return her calls. She hired an attorney and is initiating court action.

The state Board of Education says there are several different kinds of care plans available for you child depending on the severity of his or her medical condition.

You can contact your school district for more information about what plan is best for your child.


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