Say you suffer from asthma and you have a girlfriend who also suffers from asthma and the two of you use the same asthma medication. What do you do if your girlfriend forgets to bring her inhaler with her to school and ends up having an asthma attack which the school is unprepared to handle? If it were me, I’d let her take a hit from my inhaler. Apparently, though, this is not only against the rules at Caney Creek High School, but it’s also against the law in Texas and will get your helpful ass arrested.
Andra Ferguson and her boyfriend, Brandon Kivi, both 15, use the same type of asthma medicine, Albuterol Inhalation Aerosol.
Ferguson said she forgot to bring her medication to their school, Caney Creek High School, on Sept. 24. When she had trouble breathing, she went to the nurse’s office.
Out of concern, Kivi let her use his inhaler.
“I was trying to save her life. I didn’t want her to die on me right there because the nurse’s office (doesn’t) have breathing machines,” Kivi said.
“It made a big difference. It did save my life. It was a Good Samaritan act,” Ferguson said.
But the school nurse said it was a violation of the district’s no-tolerance drug policy, and reported Kivi to the campus police.
The next day, he was arrested and accused of delivering a dangerous drug. Kivi was also suspended from school for three days. He could face expulsion and sent to juvenile detention on juvenile drug charges.
The mothers of both teenagers are angry.
“My son will not go to jail. This is ridiculous,” said Theresa Hock, Kivi’s mother. “I believe he shouldn’t be punished at all because he was helping her. She was in distress.”
“If he hadn’t helped her, she would have passed out or died or something because her asthma’s been really bad this year,” said Sandra Ferguson, Andra’s mother.
The school principal said he couldn’t do anything about it since Kivi not only broke school rules, but also allegedly violated state law.
Yeah kid, perhaps you did “save her life,” but we cannot allow any exceptions to the zero tolerance rules or the next thing you know your entire classroom will be lighting up crack pipes.
It’s certainly true that you don’t want kids passing around their prescription drugs with wild abandon, but this is obviously not the case in this situation. Both students were on the same medication and the school was unprepared to handle the emergency themselves. To punish someone for doing the right thing in an emergency is just the epitome of idiotic on so many levels that I can’t begin to put it into words, but hey it’s all part of the “War on Drugs” and in any war there’ll always be a few innocent bystanders who become causalities for the cause.
Found via TPRS.