Anthony Ruelas was in his Tuesday morning class when an 8th-grade classmate began to have an extreme asthma attack. The teacher of the class ordered all of the students to remain seated and calm, but what comes next is mind blowing.
The teacher emailed the school nurse and sat waiting for a response with instructions while the girl kept suffocating and gasping for air.
Three long minutes went by as the girl kept struggling to not die, with the situation only getting worse. With no response yet from the school nurse and an inept teacher sitting and watching a student potentially die in the classroom, Anthony decided enough was enough and took action.
Anthony disregarded his insane teacher’s demand that everyone stay seated, got up, picked up his classmate and took her to the nurses office since the teacher refused to act until email instructions were received.
The referral form from his teacher reads:
During 5th period another student complained that she couldn’t breathe and was having an asthma attack. As I waited for a response from the nurse the student fell out of her chair to the floor. Anthony proceeded to go over and pick her up, saying ‘f—k that we ain’t got time to wait for no email from the nurse.’ He walks out of class and carries the other student to the nurse.
A student in her classroom literally collapsed because she couldn’t breathe, and all this teacher did was sit and wait for an email to tell her what to do. Are you kidding me?
Killeen ISD released the following statement regarding the incident:
The District is unable to provide details related to the matter as it pertains to information involving student discipline and/or health records. In an effort to protect students’ rights to confidentiality granted under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the details of the investigation and/or disciplinary actions may not be provided by the district at this time. The Killeen ISD maintains the safety of our students, staff and campuses as a priority and applauds the efforts of students who act in good faith to assist others in times of need.
-John Craft, Superintendent, Killeen Independent School District
What the hell does this statement even mean? They “maintain the safety of their students” by waiting for email instructions as a child lay possibly dying? They applaud the efforts of students by suspending them? This is some kind of joke. Right?
In the end, Anthony received a 2-day suspension. Minutes matter in a severe asthma attack. In a similar incident in Texas, 2 honor roll students were both initially suspended for up to 30 days when one saved the other one’s life by letting her use her inhaler during a severe asthma attack. These draconian policies of punishing students for saving the lives of their classmates has got to stop.
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