Laporshia's parents say they were not notified she wasn't feeling well until late in the school day, and were not told the severity of her situation:
Seeing his daughter’s state when she arrived home at about 3:15 p.m., Burch says, he immediately gave her medication and then rushed her to the hospital. She collapsed in the car, at which point Burch flagged down a passing ambulance in the middle of traffic. Burch says his daughter later died at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which could not confirm any details, including the time of her arrival, due to privacy constraints.But there wasn't anyone there who was trained to know how serious her condition was, because Tom Corbett specifically targeted Philadelphia's schools for massive budget cuts, holding badly needed money hostage for huge concessions from teachers who are already paid significantly less than their suburban counterparts, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter failed to push back effectively to defend his city's children.
“They told her school was almost out, and she’d get out of school and go straight home,” says one district source, who requested anonymity because she was not authorized to speak to the press. “She went to the teacher,” who told her “there’s no nurse, and just to be calm.” [...]
The District source believes that Laporshia’s life could have been saved if the school had responded appropriately to her illness. “If they had called rescue, she would still be here today,” the source said.
(Via Raging Chicken Press)