School apologizes after nurse ignores six-year-old boy's hives

A northeast side elementary school is apologizing to an Indianapolis mother and her six-year-old son after he suffered an allergic reaction in class and was not treated.

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A northeast side elementary school is apologizing to an Indianapolis mother and her six-year-old son after he suffered an allergic reaction in class and was not treated.

Tyler Ashcraft was covered in hives and swollen on his face when his mother picked him up from school Thursday afternoon.

He said the reaction started off as a rash that morning and he asked his teacher to let him go to the nurse's office where his mother had left him two different anti-allergy creams.

"(The nurse) said she didn't have them," said Tyler. "I said 'Yeah, we did turn it in.' She said she didn't have them."

Tyler said he was sent back to class where his rash got worse and he eventually broke out into hives.

His mother, Devon Ashcraft, told Fox59 no one at the school called her to tell her what was happening. She only found out when she came to pick him up from school.

"At what point, when his eye was swollen shut, did somebody not think they should've contacted me?" asked Devon. "It could've easily gotten to his mouth. It could've closed his throat."

She said she immediately took him to an emergency room where he was given a steroid shot and monitored.

Brook Park Elementary officials said they've investigated the matter and are holding those responsible accountable.

Sharon I. Smith, Executive Director for Human Resources and Communications for MSD of Lawrence Township sent this statement to Fox59 News:

"The Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township regrets that we did not respond appropriately to the physical needs of a student. We have sincerely apologized to our family and have thoroughly investigated the circumstances. We will take swift and appropriate action to tighten procedures within our schools.  The parties involved will be disciplined so that issues of this nature will not happen again."

Devon Ashcraft isn't sure she's ready to forgive and forget. She said she doesn't want this to happen ever again.

"To know that my child sat there for eight hours in agonizing pain and told the teacher and told the nurses that they needed to call me, that something was wrong, and they told him no, is inexcusable."

Fox59 asked Smith what kind of disciplinary action the school was taking, but she refused to comment because it was a personnel matter.

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