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Florence mother questions school's response to daughter's head injury

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FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

A kindergartner ended up unconscious at school, but the child's mother says no one called an ambulance. The mom sad she's upset with how Florence City Schools handled the situation.

The emergency medical discharge papers from the Helen Keller Hospital state the child suffered a closed head injury or a mild concussion. Krystle Bates said her daughter is doing fine now but says the school should have taken her child's injury more seriously.

"There's nothing scarier than getting a phone call saying something has happened to your child and nobody knows," said Bates.

Bates wants answers from Florence City Schools on what exactly happened to her daughter at physical education class and why an ambulance was not called.

"I did not like the fact that they told me she was unresponsive and she did not come to for a few moments, especially since she had no history of anything like this happening," Bates said.

Kallie Bates pointed out the bruises and scrapes she sustained from the fall.to be from the fall. Her mother said they've tried for over a week to find out what went wrong that day outside on the school's track. She said a paramedic should have been called if her 5-year-old was unconscious.

"The doctor didn't know if she actually passed out or if she fell and hit or head and that made her unconscious or if she had a heat seizure from being too hot," Bates said.

Superintendent Janet Womack denied the student passed out at all.

Bates said she doesn't want another family to have to visit an emergency room and not know what to tell the doctor.

"I feel like for any parent an accident happens to a child they're not with that child, as a parent you deserve a right to know what actually happened so you can correct the issue or make sure it does not happen again," she said.

Womack's office set up a meeting with Bates for Tuesday. The superintendent but did not return request for an on-camera interview.

Bates has pulled her daughter out of the school district and has enrolled her at a school in Sheffield.

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