Boy Kept Out Of School Due To Fainting Spells Allowed Back


An Omaha boy developed a mysterious condition that forced him to stay home from school for almost a month. His mother says it’s not her, but educators who wouldn't let her son attend classes.

Passed out homework had a worrisome meaning for 10-year-old Wesley Sagaser and his mother. For a month, Wesley has suffered fainting spells.

“It takes a few minutes to bring him around and he's a little groggy for a couple of minutes,” says mom Jennifer Singleton. After three days in the hospital, doctors diagnosed a psychological issue. “We don't understand and it is really frustrating to not be able to know how to help my son.”

Since the spells started, it’s been all homework and no classes for the Walnut Hill Elementary fourth-grader. “The school says he's a liability to be there,” says Singleton.

Wesley misses being at school. “I wish someone could figure it out so I can go back and see all my friends."

Omaha Public Schools has reevaluated Wesley's status. Not long after Fact Finders contacted OPS, Singleton says she got a call from an administrator promising that Wesley could return to school and his friends. That's good news for Singleton, who worried she couldn't provide the home schooling her son needed to keep up. She hopes experts will find an answer soon so spells mean writing on homework and nothing more.

OPS spokesman David Patton sent Fact Finders this statement. “We appreciate the efforts of the family and the school in resolving any misunderstandings that took place."

Singleton says the school nurse has put together an action plan. Wesley’s psychologist says it’s subconscious, but the fainting spells are real.


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