'Your students are not safe'; Tucson dad says school policy puts diabetic daughter in danger
By Maggie Vespa. CREATED Sep 10, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - "Your children are not safe at this school".
It's an ominous message from an angry parent, who says his daughter's health is in danger every single day.
The CDC says 25.8 million Americans suffer from diabetes.
This Tucson dad says, the lack of preparation at his daughter's school makes her dealings with this disease all the more dangerous.
It's a sign meant to incite fear.
"It scares me," he said.
It's the same fear Adam Foster feels, knowing his daughter may be left alone in her moment of need.
"Their policy when it comes to medical is 'Wait until something happens and deal with it'," he said.
13 year-old Breanna Foster loves going to Presidio school.
"I just want to go to college and get a good career," she said.
Her only distraction from that dream is her battle with type one diabetes.
Even with her automatic insulin pump, Breanna runs the constant risk of going into shock.
In that case, she would need an emergency injection.
"I want to know that if my blood sugar drops, I'm not going to get hurt," she said.
No one at the charter school knows how to give that injection.
Presidio has no nurse, and while under state law a faculty member can volunteer for training, no one has stepped up.
Topping it all off, Presidio has a policy against staff giving injections.
"Their only policy is call 9-1-1," said Foster.
"It's kind of rude and weird," said Breanna.
But as our crew saw, not everyone agrees.
Those parents declined our offer for an interview but did tell 9OYS off camera, they think all Mr. Foster is doing is a great school a bad name.
They say there is a simple solution and encourage him to take his daughter to another school.
But that move, say the Fosters, only excludes future kids with this common disease.
"It's just not how I want to be at school. I want to be safe," said Breanna.
9OYS spoke to administrators at Presidio via phone.
They defend the district's policy, saying it's safest to have medical professionals, parents or legal guardians, or the patient themselves perform such an injection.
They have no plans to change their policy in this case.