A law firm representing a number of parents of children who attended the daycare at Augusta University is asking the college for monetary damages. An attorney with the firm told the Metro Spirit Friday, “At this time we’re asking for the university to take some accountability. There were injuries, so there are damages to the children. Specifically, some of them have some effects that could be long-lasting because of their exposure.”
With females making up nearly 2/3rds of the student body, the school could be facing a public relations nightmare.
The attorney continued, “You can see in one of the emails, the staff member, she actually prints out some of the things, the diseases, that can be caused by being exposed to rodents.”
“As a higher education institution, the most responsible thing to do was to redirect those funds to our core mission.”
Christen Engel, Sr. Associate Vice President of Communications, on why the day care was being permanently closed. The daycare had lost money the past few years.
The potential for an embarrassing and potentially damaging lawsuit now hangs over the head of the institution.
One parent represented by the firm spoke with the Metro Spirit this past Friday on condition of anonymity Her son was between six months and a year old at the time he attended the daycare.
“In a perfect world I would win the lottery. I would not have to have daycare, but we don’t live in a perfect world. I don’t have a money tree in my backyard.”
“It’s hard to put into words how I felt. Angry, frustrated, hurt, devastated. I feel like I automatically think the worst now and that’s not the type of person that I am.
A big part of me feels guilty because I walked him in every morning, I smiled at those people, I made small talk with those people-and I handed my child over to those people.”
The mother continued, her voice breaking.
“And I have to live with that, and any type of long-term implication that comes with that, I have to live with. That, as his mom, that’s hard.”