Family sues Hazel Park schools after child's finger is almost severed

Posted at 10:17 PM, Jul 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-06 22:17:03-04

A Hazel Park school is facing a lawsuit after a child almost had her finger severed.

8-year-old Serenity's finger is now permanently disfigured after her mother, Kenyette Wadley, says a behavioral specialist shut the door on her daughter's finger. 

The incident happened back in October when Webb Elementary called Wadley saying Serenity was acting out, and the staff was trying to control her. 

Serenity has ADHD and a learning disability, according to her mother. 

"The behavioral specialist went for serenity, serenity went for the door, the behavioral specialist shut the door on her finger. Her finger was hanging off.”

Fifteen stitches later, Serenity has a crooked finger that won't bend. Her mother says even if it was an accident, it should not have happened.

The school has not made a public comment about the situation. 

The federal lawsuit names both the school and the teacher, claiming they violated serenity's 14th Amendment rights and assaulted her.