The Short of It
A middle school girl suffering from an asthma attack accepted an inhaler from another student and now faces one month in an alternative school.
Alexis Kyle has asthma. And she was in her middle school gym class last week when she started wheezing and gasping for breath. Indiyah Rush, another seventh grader with asthma, recognized the signs of distress and graciously offered Alexis her inhaler.
The two then ended up in the principal's office. Initially, only Indiyah received several days of at-home suspension and 30 days of alternative school. Now Alexis has also received the same punishment.
"I'm getting in trouble," Alexis told Fox 7 Austin. "But the thing is, she's getting in trouble too. She tried to help me."
Both girls are A-B honor roll students, and Alexis said she had no idea she was breaking a rule by accepting the inhaler. But according to the district, 30 days at alternative school is the automatic punishment for sharing a controlled substance, which includes prescription drugs like inhalers, until the principal can meet with both girls and their parents.
"The little girl saved her life," said Alexis' stepfather Michael Green. "We have had situations where she has been to ICU, so we know how bad her asthma is."
Alexis, her mother, and stepfather pled their case to school administrators on Thursday and are still awaiting a response. "We just want her back in school, that simple," Green said.
Sometimes rules are meant to be broken. And in this case, the punishment does seem a little harsh for both girls.
The moral of the story? If your child has asthma, make sure you inform all school administrators, PE instructors, and lunchroom personnel about the asthma triggers specific to your child and what to do in case of a reaction.