A 7-year-old Tampa elementary school student had a door slammed on his fingers, nearly severing two, according to the family’s attorney.
The incident happened last week Thursday at Cahoon Elementary Magnet School located off Yukon Road when the boy was holding the door, as part of his classroom duties, according to WFTS. According to the family’s attorney, there may have been some frustration coming from the teacher, Amanda Carranza.
The teacher, Amanda Carranza, is now on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
“We do have reason to believe the teacher did this, in fact we know she did,” Ryan Cappy, the family’s attorney, told ABC News. “Right now, we don’t know if it is intentional or not.”
The first-grader’s father, Willie, told Fox 13 that he was unclear of what was happening, but received a call saying it was an emergency.
“I didn’t know what to think. All I hear is them telling me there was an emergency,” he said. “You know, and they didn’t tell me over the phone exactly what it was. So my whole way there, I just was thinking, ‘I don’t know what this is, and I’m just praying at the same time that it’s not something life-threatening.’”
Carranza, who has been employed by the Hillsborough County School District since 2011, has no prior complaints and has not been under investigation before, WFTS reports.
“When a mom sends her son to school, she expects him to return the same way, the same day, and when the door holder gets his hands slammed in a door and his finger is hanging off, that is when there is a problem,” Cappy told ABC News.