A Baltimore, Maryland, mother discovered her son underwent a dental procedure after he came home with three teeth missing and a swollen mouth.
Shanda Flemming’s 9-year-old son, Michael, still cries after the ordeal.
In a Friday, Jan. 20, interview with CBS Baltimore, Flemming said that she signed a permission slip for what she thought was a routine tooth cleaning. She was outraged that the school did not call to inform her about the tooth removal or that her son missed the bus on the day of the procedure.
“I’m angry about this,” Flemming says. “I don’t think that it should have happened like that.”
Baltimore City Public Schools said Flemming signed the permission slip for the tooth removal procedure, according to CBS Baltimore. But Michael also said that “they just said they was gonna clean my teeth.”
After the procedure, the third-grader walked almost a mile home. “He walked home alone after having three teeth extracted from his mouth. He could have fell out or anything,” Flemming says.
Dental procedures became commonplace after a Prince George’s County student died from an infected tooth back in 2007. The school system has yet to comment nor offer any answers to Flemming’s lingering questions as of this report.
“I just don’t understand how a school or a company can take it in their hands to do something like this to a child,” Flemming says.
The distraught mother scheduled an appointment with a family dentist Monday, Jan. 23.