Suit alleges Detroit teacher severed boy's finger in door
A lawsuit was filed Tuesday against the Detroit school district after a teacher allegedly slammed a door on a first-grader, severing his finger.
Attorney Jonathan R. Marko said the incident occurred on Oct. 10 at Henderson Academy on the city's west side.
Marko is representing Jason Brandom Jr., 7, whose finger was severed when his teacher, Terri Smith, slammed the door on his hand, according to the suit, filed in Wayne County Circuit Court against Detroit Public Schools Community District.
"The teacher kicked Jason out of the classroom and made him sit on the floor," Marko said Tuesday. "He was trying to get back into the room and she lost her temper and slammed the door and basically guillotined his finger."
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, saying that the boy had two surgeries and suffered pain, mental anguish, anxiety and humilation.
"Jason's finger is permanently severed and he is now disfigured for life," Marko said. "The injury prevents him from living a normal life and he is limited in his ability to perform certain jobs when he grows up."
Chrystal Wilson, a school district spokeswoman, said Tuesday the district does not comment on pending litigation.
Marko said the family waited until after the end of the school year to file the suit, fearing Jason would face abuse and retaliation at the school.
"He was still in school at the time, but now he's out for the summer and his mother is trying to move so he can attend a different school district," Marko said.