Tampa 1st grader's fingers nearly severed

Posted at 1:58 PM, Mar 03, 2016

A 7-year-old Tampa elementary school student had a door slammed on his fingers, nearly severing two, according to the family's attorney. 

The teacher, Amanda Carranza, is now on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

It happened last week Thursday at Cahoon Elementary Magnet School located off Yukon Road.

According to the Ryan Cappy, a personal injury attorney representing the first grader's family, it is unclear if this was an accident or done intentionally.

"We do have reason to believe the teacher did this, in fact we know she did," said Cappy.  "Right now, we don't know if it is intentional or not."

Cappy told ABC Action News the boy was holding the door at the time of the incident because it is his classroom job and there may have been some frustration on the teacher's part but he declined to cite any evidence to support his statement.

An ambulance had to be called to the school to treat the child. 

"It was very frightening," explained Willy, the boy's father.  "I was at work, hear this call and I didn't know what to think because all they are telling me is it was an emergency."

Willy spoke during an interview at Cappy's Tampa office but declined to provide his last name to protect his son.  The boy and his mother were also there during the interview but did not speak.

"When I got there [the school] and saw that stuff, I was more than overwhelmed," Willy recalled.

Hillsborough County School District Spokesperson Tanya Arja says parents were notified of the incident by telephone. 

It is protocol for teacher's to be placed on paid administrative leave during an investigation of this type, Arja explained.

Carranza has been employed by the district since 2011.

She has no prior complaints and has never before been under investigation, Arja said.

ABC Action News reached out to Carranza for comment but has not yet heard back.

Cappy has filed a claim with the school board.

"When a mom sends her son to school, she expects him to return the same way, the same day and when the door holder gets his hands slammed in a door and his finger is hanging off, that is when there is a problem," Cappy said.