Tuesday, January 31, 2012

- School Officials Look To Expel Good Samaritan

I thought lack of judgment was largely the purview of the Transportation Safety Administration, but no, there is another contender jealous for the top prize:
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.


  1. Talk about bending over backwards to cover your own bum! This is PC-itis gone insane. If the child had died having an asthma attack, would the principal just shrug his shoulders? Nothing he could do? What a moron! Where is this school? Let's send the principal a truckload of inhalers...the drongo!!!...ooooh can you tell I'm furious?

  2. The reason why schools have policies about the sharing of prescription drugs is because of the problems of drug use to get high - kids who had been diagnosed with ADHD would hold their Adderall for several days and then sell the pills to other equally dopey kids, who take the pills to get a buzz.

    That didn't happen here.

    So then you have two administrators, applying the strict letter of a policy with no thought whatsoever to the motive behind the girls actions, the intent of sharing the medication. The story of an allergic reaction is contrived. In fact, they have attempted to make a case of wrong doing where none existed. This kind of maneuver strikes me as very vile, especially as it is being perpetrated against two eight grade girls. Did they think no one would read about this and put together what happened? These men are a poor example to their students and should both be fired, if for nothing else than for their crass political opportunism. That, and their stupidity.

  3. Too bad the principal and superintendent won't be taught some lessons. Or maybe the district's voters will get smart and apply some electoral lessons.

  4. I can hardly believe this vicious response from the "responsible adults" to the girls' sharing of the inhaler. Granted, it can be dangerous to share medications with other people, and it may be possible that school officials have their hands tied to some extent by rules and policies intended to prevent recreational drug use. But opting for extra suspension time -- isn't that supposed to be part of a graduated series of punishments for repeat offenders? And recommending expulsion?!?! Bizarre! These guys must not have any real problems to deal with, if they think expulsion is a disciplinary tactic. Expulsion is supposed to be the last resort when a student is too unmanageable, disruptive, or dangerous, to be allowed to stay in the school.

    It feels like there's something else going on here, and if it were prior run-ins with the law, I mean, principal, I'm pretty sure that info would have been trotted out right away, instead of this BS about allergic reactions and prescription drug safety lessons. I hope that both girls' parents will fight this as far as they need to, to clear the girls' records, and hopefully initiate a thorough investigation of this principal's competence.

  5. Let's send the principal a truckload of inhalers...the drongo!!!...

    I wish, Astrid!
    Our Dear Leader banned the sale of inhalers, as of December 31st of last year, because of the CFC propellant they use and that old ozone hysteria that was debunked by research years ago. That delivery truck you propose would probably be surrounded by a hundred Federal agents with enough fire power to stop a small war. And there wouldn't be enough lawyers in the US to help you ever see the light of day on your skin ever again--unless it was in the prison exercise yard. My goodness! This would be even a more serious deal than that woman that got that lengthy prison sentence for giving Hillary a Dreamcatcher made with a single bald eagle feather that she found on the cage floor at the zoo!

  6. ...initiate a thorough investigation of this principal's competence.

    In a non-Hell dimension, maybe. Here, bureaucratic stupidity is handled by doubling down. Zero-Tolerance policies were created to avoid lawsuits and charges of discrimination--you see, where is your case if everybody caught breaking a rule gets the same punishment? The rules, of course, were actually needed because some of our urban high schools could compete with Attica in the scare-factor category. Illegal drug were everywhere and the school's could hardly afford to send everything to the lab that they found on students. Students had knives that would scare Crocodile Dundee and better arms than the police. But the problem arose when those same rules were applied to schools were the students were only armed with
    spitballs, and the only drugs students were holding were Flintstone vitamins. So you kick kids out and give them a criminal record for sharing a Midol or a Tylenol. You do the same if they have a "gun" that fits in GI Joe's hand and might be one of Barbie's shoes that has been squashed by a hot butter knife. Or a plastic knife that you get at a fast food place. Google these and you'll see I'm not making stuff up.

    Lately, when people have questioned the people handing out these outrageous punishments, school administrators start treating the kids like Sarah Palin, making all sorts of incredible accusations based on balloon juice. Yes, these two little girls probably called at least one fellow student a "boogerhead" in second grade. How they live with themselves I do not know. I hope years of counseling have helped that student mend properly--or at least make it through the day.

  7. Heck, one day a student will be expelled for drawing a picture of a gun. Oh, wait--too late.
    We've already had multiple cases of that around the country.

    Did you see Drudge's link about that New Haven principal on leave because he witnessed students taking "the cinnamon challenge" they saw on YouTube? She ignored them. Sounds like she should be getting an award rather than facing dismissal.

    Oh look, I drew pointed scissors! ✄
    Better suspend me!

  8. The use of policy to relieve oneself of having to use judgment is the hallmark of the TSA. Having good judgment used to be the mark of a responsible person. Now if the policy pushes you to suspend the child you go all in by making up stories of life threatening allergic reactions (which is pure bunk in this case). These are the kind of people we have leading our schools.

    Now somebody take those scissors away from Darrell!

  9. Careful!
    I've got lots of pointy arrows, too!!!!

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    and some pen nibs. . . ✒ ✑

    not to mention the sharpened pencils!
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