Lobal war­fare

School bans girl wear­ing ear­rings de­spite med­i­cal con­di­tion

Townsville Bulletin - - Front Page - by Alexis Gill­ham alexis. gill­ham@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

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.

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