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10 years old, and possibly a felon.
KFDX TV, Wichita Falls TX ^ | 03/27/02 | KFDX TV

Posted on 03/27/2002 8:30:30 AM PST by Philip_the_evangelist

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DRUG ARREST

Drugs in schools, and now, what's next? A ten year old Alamo student is arrested for bringing a dangerous drug to school and now is being investigated for distribution of that drug. She will be charged for having a dangerous drug, Arbuterol, in a drug free zone, which is a Class A misdemeanor. And now police are looking into charging her with distribution of the drug which is a felony. And she could soon be attending a different school with other students who have committed felonies.

Today seemed like any other day at Alamo elementary. But yesterday a ten year old girl was arrested for possessing a quote dangerous drug on school grounds. "What she had was the little unit dose of Albuterol mixed with normal saline and that goes in nebulized treatment. It's inhaled just like the inhaler and she was giving it out to other children and that was the problem."

And while Horn says some students are allowed to have inhalers, district policy prohibits any student from possessing this type medication. Approved prescription drugs can only be administered by the school nurse. "Children are not allowed to bring their own medications to school, either prescription or over the counter medications, a parent or at least an adult over 18 is supposed to bring all their medications to school."

Police are still investigating where she got the Arbuterol. And the girl, whose name is not being released due to her age, could now face felony charges because she was in a drug free zone handing out the medication. And she could eventually be attending Holland Alternative School. "If they commit a felony and it's not at a school or a school function, then they come to us."

Wyatt also says students who commit felonies on school grounds eventually end up in Holland after spending time at the juvenile justice center, if they're ten or older. "Once they come in here, we're very structured and its very quiet and really you're bored to tears if you're not working on your academics."

Which is just one way Wyatt and his staff try to keep their students from becoming repeat offenders.

Once again, police are still investigating where the girl got the drug. We were unable to find out if the girl had a prescription for the drug. Sergeant Bill Hennings says she is facing additional charges.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: arrest; drug; felony; free; prescription; public; school; zone
It appears our local rag won't touch this story.
1 posted on 03/27/2002 8:30:30 AM PST by Philip_the_evangelist
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To: Philip_the_evangelist
Maybe if we just cut off one of her hands, she'll learn to respect the rules.

We are an enlightened nation after all.

2 posted on 03/27/2002 8:32:44 AM PST by dead
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To: 2jedisMom
ping
3 posted on 03/27/2002 8:33:38 AM PST by TxBec
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To: Philip_the_evangelist
They have the name of the drug wrong. It is ALBUTEROL and not Arbuterol.
4 posted on 03/27/2002 8:43:48 AM PST by p-andrews
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To: Philip_the_evangelist
Great article about inhalers, schools, nurses and death over on Reason.com.

Asthma Attack: When "zero tolerance" collides with children’s health.

By Catherine Seipp
5 posted on 03/27/2002 8:44:59 AM PST by the
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To: dead
We are an enlightened nation after all.

We're enlighted alright, lightened from the burden of IQ points.

6 posted on 03/27/2002 8:47:24 AM PST by Philip_the_evangelist
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To: Philip_the_evangelist
"...she was giving it out to other children and that was the problem."

I would say a student giving a prescription med out to other children, if it's true, certainly would be a problem.

7 posted on 03/27/2002 8:48:07 AM PST by Irene Adler
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To: Queen Elizabeth of Iowa
I would say a student giving a prescription med out to other children, if it's true, certainly would be a problem.

Yes it is, like it would be if she were handing out matches.

What it should not be is a felony. She’s 10 years old and her friends were probably just curious about her inhaler.

The school nurse should give her a stern talking to.

8 posted on 03/27/2002 8:51:06 AM PST by dead
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To: Philip_the_evangelist
Interesting if a 10-year-old was prescribed it:

Not FDA approved for children under 12 years of age. May precipitate angina pectoris and dysthythmias. Should be used with caution in patients with diabetes, hyperthyroidism, prostatic hypertrophy or seizure disorder.
9 posted on 03/27/2002 8:51:20 AM PST by aruanan
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To: p-andrews
Yeah, Arbuterol is a non-prescription herbal diuretic.
10 posted on 03/27/2002 8:52:18 AM PST by aruanan
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To: Queen Elizabeth of Iowa
I would say a student giving a prescription med out to other children, if it's true, certainly would be a problem.

True, but I wouldn't exactly call Albuterol dangerous.  Also, it quite often comes in these neat and nifty small bottles.

Personally, considering what I have heard here, I would say that the punishment is a wee bit drastic.  Simply chewing the kid out would have been far more productive.
11 posted on 03/27/2002 8:53:48 AM PST by Frumious Bandersnatch
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To: Philip_the_evangelist
OFF WITH HER HEAD!
12 posted on 03/27/2002 8:55:35 AM PST by thepitts
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To: Queen Elizabeth of Iowa
if it's true, certainly would be a problem.

Do you think charging her with a felony is the appropriate response?

13 posted on 03/27/2002 8:55:53 AM PST by Philip_the_evangelist
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To: Frumious Bandersnatch
Simply chewing the kid out would have been far more productive.

But that would have required thought regarding her actions. "Zero Tolerance" rules were made to eliminate thought from the schools, since it clearly doesn't belong there.
14 posted on 03/27/2002 8:58:15 AM PST by Dimensio
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To: Philip_the_evangelist
sieze her parents property.
15 posted on 03/27/2002 9:00:46 AM PST by Rustynailww
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To: Philip_the_evangelist
Lock her up and throw away the key.
16 posted on 03/27/2002 9:03:26 AM PST by BrooklynGOP
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To: aruanan
I took it from age 10 to 18.
17 posted on 03/27/2002 9:04:55 AM PST by LibertyGirl77
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To: BrooklynGOP
Lock her up and throw away the key.

I agree! We need to lower the age that one can be tried as an adult to 10 years old! She needs to spend at least 20 years in the Federal Pen! She'e obviously a dangerous felon!

18 posted on 03/27/2002 9:08:35 AM PST by realpatriot71
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To: aruanan
Not FDA approved for children under 12 years of age.

I too would like the rest of the story. However, it's not what she did that concerns me, it's the school and police response to it. There are much more appropriate ways of responding to her actions.

19 posted on 03/27/2002 9:40:19 AM PST by Philip_the_evangelist
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To: Philip_the_evangelist
There ARE more appropriate ways of responding, BUT the public skools will not appropriately respond. That's the problem. They won't CHEW out this little girl, and also the other girls who took a pull on her inhaler. That would HURT their self esteem. (And, it would require kahonies, which no public skool official has.) No, book 'em like criminals so the police can be the fall guys. Sheesh.
20 posted on 03/27/2002 9:44:39 AM PST by goodnesswins
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To: Dimensio
But that would have required thought regarding her actions.

We're not there yet, but...

In the year 3535
Ain't gonna need to tell the truth, tell no lies
Everything you think, do, and say
Is in the pill you took today

(Zager and Evans, In the Year 2525)

21 posted on 03/27/2002 9:53:53 AM PST by Philip_the_evangelist
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To: Rustynailww
sieze her parents property.

Please don't give them any ideas!

22 posted on 03/27/2002 9:56:10 AM PST by Philip_the_evangelist
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To: goodnesswins
There ARE more appropriate ways of responding,

You mean like, take away the inhaler, send her back to class, and ask a parent to go to the school to talk to the principal about an appropriate low-key solution.

Surely you jest!

23 posted on 03/27/2002 10:05:13 AM PST by Philip_the_evangelist
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To: Dimensio
"'Zero Tolerance' rules were made to eliminate thought from the schools..."

And it's working!

No thinking shown here; progress is being made, for sure.

24 posted on 03/27/2002 10:21:30 AM PST by headsonpikes
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To: Philip_the_evangelist
She should've said it was RU486 in liquid form. She'd have a medal from Planned Parenthood today.
25 posted on 03/27/2002 10:26:42 AM PST by HalfIrish
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To: realpatriot71
She'e obviously a dangerous felon!

Oh my...I used to share raisins soaked overnight in whiskey with my best friend when I was a kid. You don't think they'll take my jedis away if they find out, do you? ;-)

26 posted on 03/27/2002 10:28:52 AM PST by 2Jedismom
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To: HalfIrish
She'd have a medal from Planned Parenthood today.

It does make me wonder at the school administrators' reaction had she been distributing condoms to the boys.

27 posted on 03/27/2002 10:32:52 AM PST by Philip_the_evangelist
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To: Philip_the_evangelist
Consideration of Felony charges against this kid is way overboard and out of line.
28 posted on 03/27/2002 10:39:02 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: 2Jedismom
It is my patriotic duty to snitch on you. The CPS is on it's wy to your home as I am writing this message. For the good of the children of course!
29 posted on 03/27/2002 3:12:10 PM PST by realpatriot71
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To: Philip_the_evangelist
When are parents going to wake and learn that public schools are the most dangerous places for their kids to be today? Zero-tolerance policies have destroyed common sense and school administrators don't give a damn if they destroy your child's life in the process. This incident should have been solved among the parents, the girl, and the principal. You may think that your child will get away with a juvenile record, but what if he or she wants to attend one of the military academies? They go through your record with a fine-tooth comb and they have access to juvenile records. If you don't want to take a chance that your child may wind up in the legal system one way or another, don't send him to a public school with zero-tolerance policies. TOO MANY STUPID PEOPLE (SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS) HAVE TOO MUCH POWER TO DESTROY TOO MANY YOUNG PEOPLES' LIVES.
30 posted on 03/27/2002 3:55:11 PM PST by ladylib
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