The Volusia County School District is investigating whether or not a wood shop teacher violated safety procedures, after a senior's hair was ripped out by a machine at Deltona High School Wednesday.
"To see my daughter injured and hurt like that, I mean it's horrifying to me," said Lissette Carrera.
Carrera says her 17-year-old daughter, Kayla Carrera, was in her sixth period wood shop class when her hair got stuck in a drill press machine. Carrera says her daughter's beautiful, long, brown hair was gone, leaving her with a bald spot right before her senior Homecoming.
"Her hair got stuck, she screamed for help, they ripped her hair out of the machine, by that time, there's hair in the machine and there's hair gone from her head," Carrera said.
Carrera is upset because she says her daughter should have had more supervision while using the machine, she also says the nurse should have called 911 and the school should have called her immediately.
"They should have had the professional courtesy and the professional obligation to call a parent and to inform them what occurred and to call 911 to err on the side of caution," Carrera said. District officials in Volusia County admit Carrera's hair should have been pulled back in the wood shop class under their policy, so they've opened a professional standards investigation to determine if that shop teacher violated any procedures.
But as for calling Kayla's mother, district leaders say the school nurse determined that calling 911 wasn't necessary and that Kayla had already called her grandma before the school had a chance to call her parents. Carrera who's also a teacher in the Volusia CountySchool District says she met with the district and while they've been very apologetic, it's still devastating for daughter.
"The school district that I work for, let me down, that's how I felt," Carrera said. Leaders in VolusiaCounty are not releasing the name of the teacher, but say he's been teaching for 29 years.
Carrera's mother says her daughter Kayla is on pain medication and hopes to return to school next week.