Alyssa McKinney thought her friend, Breana Crites, was having an asthma attack during gym class. It happened at Lewis-Palmer Middle School. Both Eighth-graders were suspended for 10 days. The principal told CBS4 he couldn’t talk about the case but said it comes down to two students sharing prescription drugs, which is against school policy.Is Tweedle Dee against using an AED if someone collapses on campus?
“I thought I was having and asthma attack and she’s seen people have asthma attacks,” Crites said. “So she thought I was having one too and she was worried. She’s like, ‘Just use this, it will help you.’"According to school officials Crites suffered an allergic reaction to the inhaler and had to visit the school nurse, but the incidence of allergic reactions to your standard beta-agonist inhaler are just about nil.
The girl was already having trouble breathing prior to the inhaler being used and the child was not sent on to the hospital, so its a pretty safe bet no true allergic reaction occurred as a result of her friend trying to help her breath. In fact, the medication itself is used to reverse allergic reactions, so the administrator's story doesn't quite wash.
The principal found out what happened and suspended both girls. “I’m extending the suspension for five more days … and recommending expulsion from the Lewis-Palmer School District.Now there's a command decision for you. Where's your buddy, Tweedle Dum?
The inhaler is actually a prescription drug,” the Lewis-Palmer School District superintendent said.Yeah... and?
The superintendent wants the students to learn from the incident. “They could have an adverse side-effect that they’ve never thought about."Rapid heart rate - I think the hearts of most 13 year olds can handle that. Tremor to the hands - that will go away. Nausea - not a life threatening problem. Basically I don't really care. Not in the face of a life threatening breathing problem.
"I think, absolutely, the suspension is appropriate.”I think you're a moron.
“I would never give someone a medication and risk them dying,” McKinney said. Crites doesn’t have asthma.She didn't die, and there was no risk that she was going to die. Not from the inhaler anyway. Not treating her on the other hand, that could result in her death. In fact, asthmatic deaths happen all the time.
The girl who couldn't breath thought she was having an asthma attack and said so to her friend. Any trained medical professional would consider that she was having a reactive airway issue, for whatever reason, and that her life might be in jeopardy. First action would be to try to open the airways. Airway - Breathing - Circulation. ABC, Mr. Principal. It not only is not unreasonable to give a 13 yo who is complaining she couldn't breath a beta-agonist inhaler, it would be unreasonable not to. If it's anxiety or whatever you can sort it out later, but if it's asthma and you didn't act you would be as big a moron as that dunce that was given the job of school principle.
Students and parents believe McKinney did the right thing by trying to help her classmate. They don’t think the punishment is fair. “It’s not like they were maliciously doing it. She was in a panic, her friend thought that it was an asthmatic attack, and so they did it,” Crites’ mother said.Sounds good to me. Life threatening event. Life saving measures are taken. Eight grade students can figure that one out. But school administrators? Apparently not.
“I missed high school registration. I’m missing out on all of this because I tried to help someone,” McKinney said.Yeah, the principal and the superintendent want you to learn some lessons from this.
The superintendent said the expulsion will be determined when school officials get all the details.Waiting to see how warm the water gets.
What about the use of judgement? No, I don't mean the eighth grade girls, their judgement appears sound. No, I am speaking of the judgment of the principle, and now it would seem the dullness extends upward to include the superintendent.
Sounds about right... the dolts.