We have heard plenty of stories where the Good Samaritan ends up being the one who is wronged. This is what happened to this student. He was only helping a classmate who was suffering from an asthma attack, but in the end, he was the one who got suspended by the school.
Mandy Cortes, the mother of the teenager who got suspended for helping a classmate cannot contain her feelings after learning what happened to her 15-year-old son. She vowed that she will never take her son back to Gateway Middle School again – she will just home-school him instead.
Anthony Ruelas was suspended because he disobeyed his teacher. He chose to help a classmate who was suffering from an asthma attack. He carried the classmate out of the class and into the nurse’s clinic. The boy stated that he cannot stand watching his classmate wheeze and gag while struggling to breathe.
KCEN reported that the student that Ruelas helped that day already told her classmates that she was having an asthma attack. However, the teacher did not allow anyone to leave the classroom. Instead, the teacher emailed the school nurse and told the students to remain calm and to stay in their seats. Then the student fell off her chair which is why Ruelas decided to carry her out and bring her to the clinic. Ruelas then received a text message from her classmate that she was fine.
The teachers report stated:
“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.”
According to the teacher’s report, Ruelas stated that “We ain’t got time to wait for no email from the nurse.” Then he carried the girl to the nurse’s office, thus violating the teacher’s orders. The officials of the Killeen Independent School District punished the boy for his actions. The teacher wrote him up and got him suspended for two days.
During his interview with KCEN, Ruelas said, “I was like what? I’m suspended for this? Like, I was trying to help her.”
During an asthma attack, your airways become swollen and inflamed. That means that you will have trouble breathing, and will most of the time wheeze and cough because the muscles around the airways contract and produce extra mucus. And when this happened the bronchial tubes start to become narrow. The duration of an asthma attack or “asthma exacerbation” will vary. Mild episodes may last for a couple of minutes and will resolve spontaneously or might require medication. But severe ones can last from hours to days.
Asthma is a serious disease and it should not be taken lightly. And if it’s not treated the right way, it can cause death. According to a study in children, those who died because of asthma, ⅓ of them had mild disease. Bottom line is, asthma attacks can be fatal.
What do you think about the decision of the school? Was it right to suspend the student for his actions?