7th Graders Suspended for Sharing an Inhaler During an Asthma Attack

What the heck? Two middle school girls have been suspended and are looking at 30 days in an alternative school, all because one shared her prescription inhaler with the other during a life-threatening asthma attack. How is this even a thing?

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The Texas seventh graders were in gym class recently, when Alexis Kyle, 13, started having an asthma attack. Her friend, 12-year-old Indiyah Rush, offered the breathless teen her own inhaler. They were spotted by teachers, and dealt consequences that they didn't even know existed.

The articulate young teen spelled out her side of the story in this news interview.

How can this happen? Why are either of these girls in trouble? I agree wholeheartedly that kids should not share prescription drugs with one another, least of all at school. But this is something entirely different. And Kyle apparently feels awful that her friend offered her inhaler to her as she had an asthma attack.

The middle schooler told the local news, "I'm getting in trouble, but the thing is, she's getting in trouble too. She tried to help me."

And Rush may have even saved her life. Michael Green, Alexis's stepdad, said, "The little girl saved her life. And the reason we say that because we have been to situations where she has been to ICU so we know how bad her asthma is."

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Both students are A-B honor roll students, and they both face 30 days in an alternative school after being suspended. They have had a chance to make their case to administrators, and are now waiting to find out if they will be punished for the incident.

This is beyond ridiculous. These girls should be commended for their quick thinking ... not punished for doing the only sensible thing they could to save a life.

 

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