NYC Schools Dump Troubled Kids in ERs

NEW YORK — The New York Department of Education released numbers Wednesday indicating that New York City schools called 9-1-1 3,600 times in the last school year to deal with mental health problems that were not related to suicide.

On average, 17 students a day were sent to the emergency room with emotional problems, the New York Daily News reports. The schools lack the resources to cope with these students, according to Nelson Mar of Legal Services NYC, which is suing the city for more data on the problem.

In one case, a third grader from Public School 161 with ADHD was sent to Lincoln Hospital so many times that doctors write a note that said the girl did not belong in a psych ER. But the school called 9-1-1 again and had her sent to a different hospital.

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