School bans girl wearing earrings despite medical condition
A STUDENT, who has had ongoing ear operations since she was eight, has been told to remove the piercings she got to cover the scars if she wanted to remain at school.
Pimlico State High School Year 9 student Taylah Lagerwey, pictured, has cholesteatomas, causing tumours on her ear.
It also resulted in the removal of her middle ear bones and left her with just 30 per cent hearing.
The young t eenager’s mother Kristy Williams said her daughter got a number of small earrings to divert attention away from the scars and hide the new size of her ear canal.
‘‘ Her principal, David Morris, stated to my daughter that if she did not remove the very small piercings from her ears she would have to find a new school to attend,’’ Ms Williams said.
‘‘ I made the decision to disagree with the principal and was informed she would be excluded from classes until such time that her piercings were removed.’’
A TOWNSVILLE schoolgirl was yesterday struck by a p o s t a l t r u c k s o b a d l y , witnesses thought she was dead.
The 10-year-old was taken to Townsville Hospital with severe head and chest injuries but her condition was not critical last night.
The sole occupant of the truck was treated on scene in Meenan St, Garbutt by ambulance paramedics but he wasn’t taken to hospital.
It is believed the girl wasn’t wearing a helmet.
Garbutt resident Jai Andersen was one of the first on the scene.
Ms Andersen said the noise was like nothing she had heard before.
‘‘ It was such a big bang. I was thinking she’s dead, she’s dead,’’ she said.
Ms Andersen said the girl was lying still and didn’t come to for a while.
‘‘ She was screaming for her mum and was so scared, it was a scary thing,’’ she said.
B u s i n e s s o w n e r P a u l Brodie said he saw the events unfold from his shop.
‘‘ I heard the crash and saw the truck . . . and I saw the child’s body rolling away from the truck,’’ he said.
Mr Brodie said he ran outside after calling 000 to find the girl’s limp body.
‘‘ The police and ambulance were there very quickly and there was a crowd around trying to shield her from the sun,’’ he said.
Mr Brodie said he spoke to the truck driver who was completely shocked.
The Garbutt girl is well known in the neighbourhood w i t h b u s i n e s s o w n e r s describing her as a lovely girl.
KD’s Takeaway owner Kate Maher said the intersection of Meenan and Dearness streets was dangerous.
‘‘ There have been a number of near misses,’’ she said.
‘‘ It’s not surprising, I’m thinking of starting a petition to try and get some changes to the road rules.’’
Ms Maher and other businesses said it was only a matter of time before an accident happened.
A Q u e e n s l a n d P o l i c e spokesman said the incident was a timely reminder for cyclists and motorists to watch out for each other.
‘ ‘ Investigations into the cause of the incident are ongoing,’’ he said.