Boyle County Mother Says Daughter Was Bitten On School Playground

Christy Wesley says her daughter came home from school the day before fall break, telling her parents of a terrifying experience at recess. Wesley says her 5-year-old said she was bitten by a snake on the Junction City Elementary playground.

“She told two teachers and one of them said they would put a Band-Aid on it, and they apparently forgot to give her a Band-Aid,” says Wesley.

Wesley took her daughter to the doctor and was told her she was probably bitten by a poisonous snake. Then later that night, “Friday night, [at] 2AM, she wakes up screaming and we took her to the hospital. The doctor told her it was bone pain. When it struck her ankle, it radiated up her bone,” said Wesley.

She says another student also witnessed the bite. But she claims no teacher or other school official took any action to contact her.

However, the Boyle County superintendent says teachers and the principal told him they were not made aware of anything on the playground that day.

“They've had all week, but today we get letters in the pack back stating that students come first, their health and safety come first,” said Wesley, holding up the letter she found in her daughter’s backpack Thursday.

Wesley says they don't know what kind of snake it was, but thinks it could have been a copperhead.

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  • by Parent Location: Junction City on Oct 21, 2007 at 07:41 AM
    I have two children that attend JCES. I have the utmost respect for the teachers and staff at the school. I am certain that my children's health and safety come first. I agree that this story just doesn't make sense. I find it hard to believe that this child was bitten by a snake and calmly reported it to the teachers. The mother states that this was a "terrifying" incident for the child. If the child had been bitten and was "terrrified" she would have been screaming and crying. Or if the child saw a snake on the playground she would have told other children. The other children would have gathered around the snake to see it or taken off running and screaming. With 8 adults and 60 children on the playgrond, I find it hard to believe that only one child knew about the snake. I also find it interesting that the parents have changed their original story reported in the local newspaper. I agree with Joy, the bite could have easily happened at home.
  • by Sandy Location: Stanford on Oct 21, 2007 at 04:46 AM
    (edited)thank God, she is ok. Teachers are busy, five year olds make things up, BUT the teacher should have checked the child's story, and at least called the parents. They are not lawsuit hungry, they are parents. My own child was beaten severely last Halloween at school. It was in a substitute teacher's classroom. the nurse called me at told me to come get him and take him to be checked out for head injuries. Although the substitute teacher did not have control of her class, at least the nurse was smart enough to call me and voice her opinion. It is not a lawsuit thing, it is a RESPONSIBILITY thing. What would have happened if the five year old had died that day or night? The fang marks were VERY evident. She told two teachers, neither one of them listened. Not very good examples for our kids. We should have the right to FIRE teachers.
  • by allen Location: letcher on Oct 20, 2007 at 08:16 PM
    Mam, If it was a copperhead her whole leg from her thigh down would be black, blue, and red. I think a person would know if it was. And this school system is piss poor for not listening to the little girl, something should be done at the highest level of administration, to ensure the students saftey. It alwayes takes a person getting really hurt or even death to happen before anybody does anything to correct the problem. The problem is people.
  • by Mom in Ky Location: Pike County on Oct 20, 2007 at 06:13 PM
    I believe the child told the teacher.I believe the teacher told her to get a band-aid.i also believe the mother should have been notified! i have seen it happen to many times, be it sickness or whatever ,schools are more afraid of loosing a dollar.This is not the only school with snake problems. The school my 10 year old attends has snakes inside the building. they have even fallen out of the ceiling during class.It was on the news and it was brushed off as "Just little black snakes" Sorry but a snake is a snake! What is it going to take for people to take responsablity? Do your job. Watch our children,teach them to take responsility.How do you think children know right from wrong if the people they look up to try to cover up just to save their own behinds.
  • by Tina Location: harlan on Oct 20, 2007 at 05:00 PM
    where were the teachers if a 5 year old child gets bitten by anything that child is going to scream and cry that is were the teachers come in to check that child from head to toe to see what happend if that were my child i would not stop until i got the truth
  • by Guest Location: KY on Oct 20, 2007 at 03:07 PM
    The girl was probably bitten by a ground snake that isn't even poisonous. If the doctor suspected a poisonous bite he would have done more testing and there wouldn't be any quess work. The mother is concerned, I don't blame her but to consider a lawsuit.... please. What is she hoping to get a crisp new 20 dollar bill? Teachers value their jobs they're not going to blow off a child that claims a snake bite. And lastly doesn't the kid know to stay away from snakes. Most five year olds would be terrified of a snake. This stinks and smells like the parents are mostly at fault.
  • by Peggy Location: KY on Oct 20, 2007 at 10:36 AM
    Believe a five year old-come on..What?So if a five year old tells you she/he is hurting,you wont believe them,because they're five?This type of thinking is the very reason so many kids DONT say anything when someone or something is hurting them.How stupid.I'm not saying I KNOW the teacher is lying,but what would a five year old have to gain from lying about a snake bite?Ask yourself that.And you can bet your (edited) I'd have a lawsuit if my child was snake bitten at school,told the teacher,and nothing came of it,poisionous snake or not.That's irrelevent.Katherine,how many professional teachers have been convicted of child molestation?Believe a five year old over a professional?Absolutely-and,I have two teachers in the family.I do NOT hear how they 'love' the children.I hear how aggravating the 'little snots' are.Somehow,I think the parents want whats best for their child more than the teacher does.Of course they deny knowing about the bite,Drew.She didn't even get a bandaid!Forget you.
  • by mom Location: ky on Oct 19, 2007 at 06:09 PM
    BS i know what i am talking about anychild is going to get snake bite they are going to go to the doctor rightaway not later on that day that child would have died if it was a copperhead NO YOU NEED TO DO RESEACH.........
  • by JC Parent on Oct 19, 2007 at 05:31 PM
    The teachers and administration at Junction City Elem are a caring and loving staff. My child is in Kindergarten at Junction. He knew nothing of the event. If any type of animal or bug for that matter were to be anywhere near children on a playground everyone knows about it. Visit any public park or playground and watch children play, they report everything. I am in this building everyday to take my child to school. I have the utmost confidence and respect for the teachers here. I choose for my child to attend school at Junction and I hope this incident does not hinder another parents decision to send there child to school at Junction. Lets try to report the good things that happen. No one wants to report the good things that happen at schools. My child to this day knows nothing of the event. Makes you wander how much of what gets reported is fact. Maybe, I'll just stop watching the news so I can form my own opinion in the future. Unless reporters report both sides of the story.
  • by Nancy Location: Danville on Oct 19, 2007 at 04:13 PM
    As a person who has worked with children for many years I know that a teacher would not ignore a child who complained of a snake bite even if they weren't sure it was a snake bite. I hope the parents of this child talked this over with the teacher and school staff before they went to the newspaper and TV stations. I think they would have felt better if they met with all eight of the adults who were on the playground with the children. The teachers and the school system have no reason to lie about this. Anyone who works with children always looks out for the child's best interests. I know from expereience that children also love to talk and if another student knew about the snake as reported, they would have been telling others about it. I just want to say thank you to teachers for all they do. After reading comments posted about this article it is very clear that people do not understand all the duties that teachers have. I would like them to spend one day in a teachers shoes!


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