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Teen arrested after teacher sickened by his asthma medicine
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Posted on 01/16/2004 11:28:30 PM PST by chance33_98

Teen arrested after teacher sickened by his asthma medicine

ABC13 Eyewitness News (1/16/04 - MAGNOLIA, TX) — A bizarre story in Magnolia ends with a teenager in lock up and a teacher in the hospital. Now the boy's family is concerned he's being treated unfairly.

The boy's family says eyewitnesses actually saw the boy take a couple of puffs from his rescue inhaler for treatment of asthma, then blowing the medicine at a teacher. The family, though, says he's a good kid and the charge of using deadly force simply doesn't fit the crime.

Judy McCreary wants desperately to see her son. Sixteen-year-old Michael Todd is in custody at the Magnolia Juvenile Detention Center, arrested and accused of illegally discharging his asthma inhaler at school.

"It's absurd. It's ridiculous. It's an inhaler," said McCreary.

Todd's family says the medicine was albuterol, a drug commonly used to prevent the onset of asthma attacks.

Both the school district and Montgomery County Constable's office say the discharge of medicine was unrelated to any medical necessity, though, and resulted in health consequences for a teacher. She apparently suffered an allergic reaction and went to the emergency room.

Todd's uncle, Steve Wilson, says the school told him the teen blew the medicine toward the teacher while asking her a question. But he also says witnesses believe the incident was not intentional.

"It's possible he was playing a joke, or whatever, to see the smoke come out as he talked to her," theorized Wilson. "That's possible, that it was not malicious."

Todd's family says he's been kicked out of Magnolia High School now because of the incident. More concerning, though, they say is that he may not be released from the juvenile detention center before Tuesday.

McCreary said, "I just think it's wrong to hold him four or five days is not right. Not when he's never been in any trouble."

The state legally has two business days to hold a detention hearing in any juvenile case. Since Todd was arrested Thursday, Friday would be day one. The weekend and Monday holiday don't count, so Tuesday would be two business days, although in reality it is nearly day six.

But the juvenile department has suggested that they may hold a special Saturday hearing on this case.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: asthma; prank; teens
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1 posted on 01/16/2004 11:28:31 PM PST by chance33_98
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To: chance33_98
How do you end up in the hospital after breathing in second hand albuterol?
2 posted on 01/16/2004 11:55:16 PM PST by lelio
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To: lelio
I was wondering the same thing.
3 posted on 01/16/2004 11:57:33 PM PST by Eva
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To: chance33_98
I've never heard of anyone having an allergic reaction to (what was most likely) inhaled albuteral. As a matter of fact, it is often used to relieve the symptoms of allergic reaction. And how much could the teacher possibly have ingested from having it blown into her face? There must be more to this story, because what I read doesn't make sense.

Any pharmacists out there?
4 posted on 01/17/2004 12:01:41 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (2004: The Neocons vs. The Neocoms)
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To: chance33_98
"The family, though, says he's a good kid and the charge of using deadly force simply doesn't fit the crime.

Does anyone but me see where this leading? All I can say is keep your kids out of public schools.

5 posted on 01/17/2004 12:09:06 AM PST by blackbart.223
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To: Jeff Chandler
"There must be more to this story, because what I read doesn't make sense."

It doesn't make sense. The next thing you know they will be jailing kids for farting in class. Deadly methane you know.

6 posted on 01/17/2004 12:13:24 AM PST by blackbart.223
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To: blackbart.223
Deadly methane you know.

Contributing to Global Warming to boot.

7 posted on 01/17/2004 12:16:44 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (2004: The Neocons vs. The Neocoms)
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To: Jeff Chandler
"Contributing to Global Warming to boot."

It's all those damn cattle we raise for food. And the resultant farts from eating them.

8 posted on 01/17/2004 12:19:57 AM PST by blackbart.223
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To: chance33_98
It would be nice to know what exactly police are alledging that he did. Did he blow it right in her face?
9 posted on 01/17/2004 12:22:17 AM PST by MattAMiller
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To: MattAMiller
"It would be nice to know what exactly police are alledging that he did. Did he blow it right in her face?"

Even if he did you could hardly construe that as use of deadly force. How upside down this country has become.

10 posted on 01/17/2004 12:32:40 AM PST by blackbart.223
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To: chance33_98
Educrat thugs.
11 posted on 01/17/2004 12:33:16 AM PST by moyden2000
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To: moyden2000
"Educrat thugs."

Nail hit on the head. She is probably a member of The NEA.

12 posted on 01/17/2004 12:36:45 AM PST by blackbart.223
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To: blackbart.223
Actually there was once a problem in Erath, Texas. They said two many cows were emitting too much "gas". True story. I have no idea what they did to alleviate the problem. Guess they gave them gas ex.
13 posted on 01/17/2004 12:46:35 AM PST by Terry Mross
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To: Terry Mross
I have no idea what they did to alleviate the problem.

I'm not sure about collecting the gas emitted, but the dung can be used to fuel the farm. 850 cows produce enough manure which is collected and fermented to form methane gas to power the farms and 78 surrounding houses.
14 posted on 01/17/2004 12:55:39 AM PST by lelio
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To: Terry Mross
"Actually there was once a problem in Erath, Texas. They said two many cows were emitting too much "gas". True story. I have no idea what they did to alleviate the problem. Guess they gave them gas ex."

Things must have been a bit smelly before they did that.

15 posted on 01/17/2004 1:01:54 AM PST by blackbart.223
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To: Jeff Chandler; chance33_98
This makes absolutely no sense at all. I've check a couple of websites, and albuterol is a very safe bronchodialator. I've personally used it for years. No are no major contraindications that I can find, although there are notes to notify your doctor is you are already on a heart medication.

It seems that he puffed two doses, and the white powder in the container came out of his mouth while speaking. It can happen if he speaks too soon after dosing. Big deal, I can't imagine that she could even smell it.

Me thinks, if the facts are as stated in this news story, that the teacher ought to be charged with filing a false report, and charged full price for the ambulance trip. Any teacher in America that is unfamiliar with asthma medications doesn't deserve to a classroom.

Sounds like fraud, or trying to get back at the kid. Strange that the reporter did not include more information on the teacher.
16 posted on 01/17/2004 1:06:16 AM PST by texas booster (Make a resolution to better yourself and your community in '04 - vote Republican!)
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To: blackbart.223
Of course she is. Public schools are union shops.
17 posted on 01/17/2004 1:14:36 AM PST by MattAMiller
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To: MattAMiller
" Public schools are union shops."

They sure are. And the kids suffer as a result.

18 posted on 01/17/2004 1:31:44 AM PST by blackbart.223
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To: Jeff Chandler
Deadly methane you know.

Contributing to Global Warming to boot.

I think the people who live in the Northeast have had about all the Global Warming they can stand!

;>)

19 posted on 01/17/2004 1:38:43 AM PST by rmh47 (Go Kats! - Got Seven?)
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To: texas booster
"Strange that the reporter did not include more information on the teacher."

It's not all that strange. Most reporters are liberal suck ups. Most public school "teachers" are members of The NEA. Birds of a feather flock together.

20 posted on 01/17/2004 1:39:00 AM PST by blackbart.223
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To: rmh47
"I think the people who live in the Northeast have had about all the Global Warming they can stand!"

Al Gore doesn't seem to think so.

21 posted on 01/17/2004 1:41:43 AM PST by blackbart.223
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To: lelio
She didn't end up in the hospital - she just went to the ER on her own. Oh, the pain, the pain.

Want to bet she's thinking....hmmmmm...lawsuit, damages, pain and suffering - ka-ching!
22 posted on 01/17/2004 4:54:09 AM PST by txzman (Jer 23:29)
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To: chance33_98

They'll get my inhaler when they pry it from my cold dead fingers....


This is crap, you get one little puff from an inhaler and once you inhale there ain't much of that stuff left. I think this teacher has some mental health issues.
23 posted on 01/17/2004 5:00:56 AM PST by SouthernFreebird
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To: chance33_98
When asthma inhalers are outlawed only outlaws will have asthma inhalers.
24 posted on 01/17/2004 5:09:34 AM PST by FreedomGuru
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To: chance33_98
Meanwhile, Magnolia ISD released a statement saying the actions, “resulted in health consequences to a high school teacher. The district is working closely with law enforcement to complete an investigation and is taking all appropriate actions to protect the rights and interest of all involved.”

From here.

"They all agree it was not malicious, however, she ended up still having that reaction that supposedly threatened her life and so they charged deadly conduct ... the same charge as a handgun," said the uncle.

From here.

The school and the cops are nuts in this case. He will probably be better off out of the school anyway. I would like to see some action against the school based on medical discrimination. This is just plain nuts.

25 posted on 01/17/2004 5:11:00 AM PST by raybbr
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To: lelio
Something stinks about this story, and it isn't cow poots. Sounds like a wackjob teacher trying to get back at one of her students.
26 posted on 01/17/2004 5:11:13 AM PST by Johnny_Cipher ("... now lessee, $60,000 divided one point three million ways equals ...")
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To: txzman
not to mention worker's comp and maybe even lifelong total disability payments due to being so traumatized she can't function around teenages anymore.

Just a thought. I am sure she is a very fine and dedicated teacher /sarcasm/
27 posted on 01/17/2004 5:11:35 AM PST by cajun-jack
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To: Jeff Chandler
My bet is that she's a hypochrondaic. She probably thought that the asthma medicine was much more dangerous than it really was (and maybe she didn't realize it wasn't some deadly drug) and went to the ER "to be safe" or whatever.

We all know these types. A friend of mine once went to the ER when she cut her finger on a canned-food pryed-open lid (was convinced she'd get tetanus from a bunch of canned vegetables). The nurses "punished" her by making her wait 6 hours for her shot--good for 'em.
28 posted on 01/17/2004 5:15:40 AM PST by Nataku X
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To: Jeff Chandler
This is total blarney - each dose from an inhaler is about 250 micrograms of which 100 micrograms gets lodged in the throat upon inhalation. about 100 micrograms is deposited in the lungs. At best about 50 micrograms could be expelled if he immediately exhales. Even if he were doing CPR on this teacher she(?) could have been exposed to miniscule amounts of drug.

There is a extremely low incidence of hypersensitivity to albuterol.

An "allergic" reponse would be indicated by an elevation of histamine and other inflammatory agents in the blood and if these are not present in a blood sample this teacher is guilty of a hysterical reaction not allergic reaction.

29 posted on 01/17/2004 5:22:14 AM PST by corkoman (Logged in - have you?)
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To: blackbart.223
Most public school "teachers" are members of The NEA.

Actually, in the rural South, in my experience, teachers are more likely to be conservative. There are some liberal NEA types, but not as many and they don't seem to be as radical as in the "Gore zones".

This story seems very odd, however. I wouldn't think second-hand asthma medication would put someone in the hospital.

30 posted on 01/17/2004 5:23:49 AM PST by Amelia
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To: Amelia
I wouldn't think second-hand asthma medication would put someone in the hospital.

I wouldn't either. But second hand albuterol combined with a union brainwashing, a chip on one's shoulder, and a good lawyer might just put someone in the hospital.

31 posted on 01/17/2004 5:36:03 AM PST by meyer
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To: chance33_98
If this story is true ,and the poor ,frail teacher did suffer some sort of minimal effects, I find it hard to be sympathetic because there are many teachers who are more harmful to their students every hour of everyday.... And they don't get kicked out of school for their abuses.
32 posted on 01/17/2004 5:40:49 AM PST by Diva Betsy Ross ("were it not for the brave , there would be no land of the free")
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To: meyer
But second hand albuterol combined with a union brainwashing, a chip on one's shoulder, and a good lawyer might just put someone in the hospital.

Details are obviously lacking in this story, and yes, it does sound weird, but everyone automatically assumes that the student is an innocent angel and the teacher is an evil liberal union-brainwashed idiot?

With all due respect, one reason that the schools are in such bad shape today is parents who want to sue if their child is punished for misbehaving, doesn't follow the dress code, or makes grades the parents don't like. Mostly it seems to be parents who've bought into the Dr. Spock child rearing mentality, and feel they should never ever punish the little darlings, lest the self-esteem be damaged.

33 posted on 01/17/2004 5:42:08 AM PST by Amelia
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To: Amelia
Details are obviously lacking in this story, and yes, it does sound weird, but everyone automatically assumes that the student is an innocent angel and the teacher is an evil liberal union-brainwashed idiot?

Based on what's in the story, its hard NOT to draw the conclusion that the teacher is at fault. However, I will agree that there seems to be a lot of information missing here. Perhaps some suspicion should be raised about what's NOT in the story rather than what's in it.

34 posted on 01/17/2004 5:59:13 AM PST by meyer
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To: chance33_98
I wonder how many times he could be raped while being held for two days?

Most of the time, these Zero Tolerence laws, make zero sense.
35 posted on 01/17/2004 6:24:08 AM PST by SeeRushToldU_So (No, I don't watch rasslin'. I am from Georgia and sound like it too.)
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To: meyer
Based on what's in the story, its hard NOT to draw the conclusion that the teacher is at fault.

That may be because the story is based on statements by the student's family. There seems to be only one sentence giving the teacher/school side of the story.

However, I will agree that there seems to be a lot of information missing here. Perhaps some suspicion should be raised about what's NOT in the story rather than what's in it.

Good thought.

Remember that in most of these cases, the school can't release much information because of concerns about violating the privacy rights of the minor student.

36 posted on 01/17/2004 6:24:53 AM PST by Amelia
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To: SeeRushToldU_So
Most of the time, these Zero Tolerence laws, make zero sense.

The student seems to have been arrested for assault on a teacher, not for violating a zero tolerance law.

37 posted on 01/17/2004 6:27:15 AM PST by Amelia
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To: corkoman
a hysterical reaction not allergic reaction

That's what I'd put my money on.

38 posted on 01/17/2004 6:38:18 AM PST by StriperSniper (Mine the borders)
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To: blackbart.223
We had an 8-year-old arrested, charged, and convicted for writing "bomb" on an envelope. Actually, the "bomb" consisted of the remains of a Chinese dinner he had the night before. The prosecutor said it was a "weapon of mass destruction." It's now called the "duck sauce bomber" case.

And now from NY:

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-lifink143628524jan16,0,965854.story?coll=ny-linews-headlines

All I can say is if you have a normal, healthy boy, the last place you want him is in a public school with ridiculous policies and ridiculous people running them.

Best let him take on-line courses at home or send him to a boys' school whose school officials don't wet their pants over a practical joke.
39 posted on 01/17/2004 6:53:25 AM PST by ladylib
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To: blackbart.223
They fine them in Texas.
40 posted on 01/17/2004 6:54:17 AM PST by ladylib
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To: chance33_98
The boy's family says eyewitnesses actually saw the boy take a couple of puffs from his rescue inhaler for treatment of asthma, then blowing the medicine at a teacher.

The reason the albuterol is effective is because it is so rapidly absorbed - by the time you could blow out again the residual albuterol would be extremely low. Sounds like a "placebo effect" (on the part of the teacher) to me.

41 posted on 01/17/2004 7:00:24 AM PST by FairWitness
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To: FairWitness
The boy's family says eyewitnesses actually saw the boy take a couple of puffs from his rescue inhaler for treatment of asthma, then blowing the medicine at a teacher.

Sounds like only one side of the story to me.

You'll notice that the entire story is based on statements by the boy's family. I don't suppose they could be biased in any way?

I'd be willing to bet they didn't witness the incident.

42 posted on 01/17/2004 7:46:01 AM PST by Amelia
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To: Amelia
Gee. Your logical comments seem to have thrown a wet blanket on the bash-public-schools-and-all-teachers (while generally ignoring the responsibility of the self-serving citizens on the school boards of the nation) party.
43 posted on 01/17/2004 9:01:26 AM PST by Clara Lou
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To: blackbart.223
It's all those damn cattle we raise for food. And the resultant farts from eating them

No, those are from the ranch style beans on the plate next to the steaks.

44 posted on 01/17/2004 9:01:55 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (2004: The Neocons vs. The Neocoms)
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To: texas booster
Any teacher in America that is unfamiliar with asthma medications doesn't deserve to a classroom.

Most teachers are unfamiliar with common sense. My daughter kept getting lice from school. When my wife discussed the problem with her teacher, the teacher assured us that they had checked the children in the class, and there were no lice present. There were only nits, so we didn't have to worry. (No, we don't have chickens, only eggs!) My wife tried to explain the facts of life to the faculty, but she doesn't have a teaching degree, so what does she know?!

We've never had a problem with lice since we started homeschooling.

45 posted on 01/17/2004 9:09:00 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (2004: The Neocons vs. The Neocoms)
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To: Jeff Chandler
she doesn't have a teaching degree, so what does she know?! <p.Additionally, most teachers I've met think they know my kids better than I do.
46 posted on 01/17/2004 9:44:37 AM PST by paul51
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To: paul51
Oh oh. Back to html camp
47 posted on 01/17/2004 10:10:39 AM PST by paul51
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To: Jeff Chandler
Most teachers are unfamiliar with common sense.

There are people who lack common sense in every profession, including yours.

48 posted on 01/17/2004 10:52:49 AM PST by Amelia
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To: Amelia
From the article, looks like we're only getting one side of the story. Which is prevalent in the journalistic world these days.

As for teachers and unions, some school districts don't give the teacher a choice. My conservative daughter HATES unions, but was told by the administration that the $900 per year dues would be deducted from her salary, regardless.

49 posted on 01/17/2004 11:07:05 AM PST by LisaMalia (Buckeye Fan since birth!!)
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To: Clara Lou
I thought FReepers were critical thinkers who rejected biased, one-sided news stories.

I guess it depends on whose ox is gored, huh?

50 posted on 01/17/2004 11:07:30 AM PST by Amelia
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