Two weeks ago a Texas middle-schooler was suspended and sentenced to 30 days of alternative school for sharing her inhaler with a fellow student who was having an asthma attack. Both girls have been charged with “sharing a controlled substance”, and both face this stiff “automatic” punishment. Both girls’ parents are concerned with alternative school because their daughter would be with those kids that have real drug and violence problems. Alternative school is legislatively mandated in Texas for kids who have been asked to leave the classroom for such reasons as drug use, violence toward teachers or students, sexual offenses. Here’s the whole scoop.
Then this week, another Texas middle-schooler was suspended for using a profanity and leaving the classroom. Important note: he left the classroom to carry a classmate to the nurse’s office. The classmate was suffering an asthma attack, and had passed out and had fallen out of her chair. The teacher was waiting on an email back from the nurse before acting on the situation. Story here.
“We ain’t got time to wait for no email from the nurse.” – Suspended Student
Hello? Have we lost all ability to reason? If my kid falls out of her chair while having an obvious asthma attack, you’re telling me you will sit your ass down and wait for an email back from the nurse before sending her to get medical attention? Is that standard policy? Any word of whether this is standard protocol? Teacher discipline? Common sense police citation? Jeez, people, zero tolerance policies continue to make educational institutions silly and sometimes dangerous places.