A Baltimore mom is outraged after her son's school performed a major dental procedure on him without letting her know. Shanda Flemming was shocked when her nine-year-old son Michael came home from school with tears in his eyes and a swollen mouth. That's when she realized he was missing three teeth.
Shanda learned from Michael that a dental program had visited his school. Although she had signed a permission slip, she had thought he would only be given routine cleanings. And so had he. He told WJZ News,
They just said they was gonna clean my teeth.
Instead, Michael had three teeth extracted. At not point did anyone contact his mother. In fact, the procedure caused Michael to miss his bus. The third-grader was forced to walk home alone, and was not given any medication for the pain.
Now, Shanda is looking for answers.
He walked home alone after having three teeth extracted from his mouth. He could have fell out or anything … I just don’t understand how a school or a company can take it in their hands to do something like this to a child.
Baltimore City Public Schools have increasingly brought these dental programs into schools since 2007, when a Prince George's County boy died after his tooth became infected. But this incident is raising questions about how the programs are run. BCPS refused to comment.
Here's the full report from WJZ News: