Ah, Texas. The land that gave us George Bush just keeps on giving.
This time we learn about Anthony Ruelas, the eighth grader who was suspended for helping out a classmate who was having an asthma attack. When his classmate said she couldn’t breathe, the teacher did the only reasonable thing she could do: she sent an email to the school nurse and told everyone to chillout and relax.
No one is even arguing about the facts in this instance. Everyone agrees that Anthony basically saved his classmate’s life. The teacher’s incident report states the following:
“During 5th period another student complained that she couldn’t breathe and was having an asthma attack,” the report states. “As I waited for a response from the nurse, the student fell out of her chair to the floor. Anthony proceeded to go over and pick her up, saying ‘f—k that, we ain’t got time to wait for no email from the nurse.’ He walks out of class and carries the other student to the nurse.”
Anthony is a hero and a man of action. But unfortunately, Texas schools suck, and he was suspended for ignoring the idiot teachers idiot orders. There’s slightly more backstory here. The school is an alternative school, for children with emotional and behavior disorders. Which is what makes this even sillier. A school that is resourced to deal with behavioral problems should be able to discern the difference between willful disobedience and compassion.
Fortunately, Anthony’s classmate is doing fine now. Hopefully, the school will learn from this and figure out a way to save a kid who can’t breathe without having a classmate step in.