Teen Student Suspended for Helping Asthmatic Classmate
Believe it or not, a young man was suspended from school for doing the RIGHT thing. Fifteen year old Anthony Ruelas was suspended for a day from Gateway Middle School in Killen, TX after coming to the aid of a classmate who was suffering from an asthma attack.
School policy is when a student wants to see the nurse, the teacher emails the nurse and waits for a response. A female student was having an apparent asthma attack during class and the teacher emailed the nurse and while awaiting a reply, the student fell out of her chair gasping for breath.
Ruelas, who has a learning disability, was obviously shaken and felt as if the situation couldn’t wait for a return email to the teacher, and as his classmate couldn’t breathe, he picked her up and carried her to the nurse’s office. For that deed, he earned a one day suspenion from school.
Ruelas’s discipline referral form 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.’
Mandy Cortes, Ruelas’s mother, said she will homeschool her son rather than have him return to Gateway Middle School. ‘I was proud of him for the way he handled the situation,’ she said, adding that he has a big heart.
The Killeen school district said in a statement last week that it ‘applauds the efforts of students who act in good faith to assist others in times of need’.
Being Better Humans applauds him as well.