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Teen won't face charges for sharing inhaler
Houston chronicle ^ | Oct. 11, 2003

Posted on 10/11/2003 7:02:26 AM PDT by IronKros

A Montgomery County teenager, expelled from school for letting his girlfriend use his prescription asthma inhaler, will face no criminal charges, his mother said Friday.

The 15-year-old's family reached an agreement with school officials and attorneys during a hearing at Caney Creek High School on Friday.

The boy can return after the Christmas holidays, but his family said they have decided he will be home-schooled.

On Sept. 23, the teen accompanied his girlfriend to the nurse's office because she was having asthma problems. The nurse reported he lent the girl the inhaler.

Family members say he was trying to help, and noted that the girl uses the same prescription


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: asthma; homeschool
This hit way to close to home... literaly.
1 posted on 10/11/2003 7:02:26 AM PDT by IronKros
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2 posted on 10/11/2003 7:04:13 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: IronKros
There you have it people -- the freaking gestapo in public school will not let to nearly adults share asthma medication (and if she was having an asthma attack and did not have her albuterol -- I applaud the young man for having the sense to give her the treatment) to stop potentially catastrophic health problems -- BUT condoms, oral contraception and the rest -- HEY no problem. What a bunch of maroons!
3 posted on 10/11/2003 7:07:30 AM PDT by gas_dr (Trial lawyers are Endangering Every Patient in America)
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To: IronKros
...his family said they have decided he will be home-schooled.

Good for them!

4 posted on 10/11/2003 7:07:54 AM PDT by sheltonmac
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To: sheltonmac
don't we call that the silver lining?

Some good came out ot it.
5 posted on 10/11/2003 7:10:12 AM PDT by IronKros (married to a foreigner)
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To: IronKros
This story absolutely infuriates me. Having an asthma attack is terrifying and thankfully this boy was able to help his fellow student.
6 posted on 10/11/2003 7:12:00 AM PDT by surrey
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To: gas_dr
The facts as repored here conflict with the facts revealed yesterday in the news. This kid was not trying to help his girlfriend over an asthma attack. He had passed his inhaler around before and had been warned not to do so. This kid must feel having an inhaler he can pass around must make him special.
7 posted on 10/11/2003 7:12:05 AM PDT by Dudoight
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To: gas_dr
I worked with girl who had forgotten her inhaler and someone else loaned her one. The recipient was very grateful. Albuterol is hardly morphine so what is the big deal of letting someone have a few puffs.

If someone had a headache could they be given an aspirin by someone else in this school?

The fact that criminal charges were even considered appalls me. Madness!
8 posted on 10/11/2003 7:15:09 AM PDT by Mears
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To: Dudoight
Which news source was it?

Click 2 Houston still has the original story.

http://www.click2houston.com/news/2547143/detail.html
9 posted on 10/11/2003 7:16:46 AM PDT by IronKros (married to a foreigner)
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To: Mears
If a student has a headache he can't take HIS OWN tylenol without reams of documentation including a signed doctor's order.
10 posted on 10/11/2003 7:20:35 AM PDT by The Game Hen (A myth is the truth embroidered by time)
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To: surrey
Everything is a crime now. Things that used to be handled with a reprimand are now police matters. This is sick.
11 posted on 10/11/2003 7:21:56 AM PDT by dljordan
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To: Mears
>>>...If someone had a headache could they be given an aspirin by someone else in this school?

They threatened to expel my daughter because she had aspirin in her bag at school.(High School)

Also the school nurse would not give her aspirin without parents permission.

12 posted on 10/11/2003 7:23:18 AM PDT by Dan(9698)
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To: Dan(9698)
Good Lord,she had an aspirin and they threatened her with expulsion?

The school nurse wouldn't give her an aspirin but in some schools you can get condoms and abortion advise.I'm glad I'm not a parent of school kids anymore,I would probably turn into a raving maniac.
13 posted on 10/11/2003 7:28:13 AM PDT by Mears
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To: IronKros
Lock him up, and throw away the key! I mean the principal, of course.
14 posted on 10/11/2003 7:42:24 AM PDT by thatsmrfoster2u (Don't tread on me!)
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To: Dan(9698)
"They threatened to expel my daughter because she had aspirin in her bag at school.(High School)"

It's incredible, isn't it? And yet, in NYC anyway, a kid could be terrorizing the whole school, and you couldn't get rid of them.

This system is going to go the way of every other corrupt, stalinist regime, down in ruin. It may take a while, but the writing is plainly on the wall for them already. Too bad they are too ill-educated to read it.

Good luck to all public school parents, a lot of looneys are out there running the joints, and the teachers' unions make the teamsters look like a bunch of choir boys. At least I never think the teamsters hate America.

SUPPORT VOUCHERS! BREAK THE UNIONS! SAVE THE CHILDREN!

15 posted on 10/11/2003 7:46:46 AM PDT by jocon307 (GO RUSH GO)
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To: Mears
I have experience in both of these areas.

I am an asthma educator. The problem with the inhalers is that you can get a high or a buzz from using one. Kids have been known to steal inhalers from asthmatic. In some schools in our area students aren't permitted to carry their own inhalers. A year or two ago a student died because he had an asthma attack out on the playground and their couldn't get the inhaler out to him in time. I believe that the lawsuit is still pending on this one....

When I teach a first aid class at a school I always include this story and push the issue that they are punishing the asthmatic instead of the criminal. If the school policy is to keep the inhalers in the office, that policy is usually changed in short order after that story. I had one school that the teachers just about ripped an administor to shreds before he relented to let the inhalers stay with students.

The other incident invovles my neighbor's daughter. I recieved a phone call from my neighbor one day at lunch time asking me to go to the daughter's school to give her an asprin. The child had a headache and the school nurse could not give an asprin to her even tho the parent was requesting the nurse to give one to her child.

16 posted on 10/11/2003 7:50:53 AM PDT by notpoliticallycorewrecked
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To: IronKros
The nurse reported he lent the girl the inhaler... After she, the nurse, did absolutely nothing for five minutes as the girl gasped for air. Said the nurse, "She was turning a bit blue in complexion but when I started to see red is when a 15-year-old boy haD the nerve to lend her his inhaler."

Asked what she would have done if the boy had not been there with the inhaler, the nurse said, "We are well equiped with psycological support staff in the event something traggic would have happened."

17 posted on 10/11/2003 7:56:20 AM PDT by BJungNan
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked
The child had a headache and the school nurse could not give an asprin to her even tho the parent was requesting the nurse to give one to her child.

And the reason they have a school nurse?











Strong union?

18 posted on 10/11/2003 7:56:51 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy ("Conscience is the little voice inside of you that says someone might be watching" HL Mencken)
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To: IronKros
A Montgomery County teenager, expelled from school for letting his girlfriend use his prescription asthma inhaler, will face no criminal charges

This article doesn't mention the 'prescription' by name, but other articles do - it's albuterol. They make it seem like he shared, irresponsibly, just any prescription with her. For those unfamiliar with asthma, albuterol is a standard, preformatted treatment, like a bottle of tylenol, each one is the same and usage is the same within certain parameters unlike say, an antibiotic with a more specific use, geared to one's physical attributes. And, believe me, any port in a storm. This young man should be commended for his quick thinking and compassionate behavior (he walked with her to the nurses office afterall). I'm sure the girlfriend and her family are happy. The nurse called it in!! How communist. I suppose it would be better for the girl to suffer longer, or worse. No charges are being filed, but he can only return to school after Christmas, more than 2 months from now??!! Gestapo is right. Better for him that he is homeschooled.

19 posted on 10/11/2003 7:59:51 AM PDT by fortunecookie
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To: dljordan
And they have cops in the schools to arrest the kids also. A school official doesn't have to use common sense anymore or treat a kid as an individual. All he/she has to do is pick up the phone and call the cops. An 18-year-old clerical worker could do that for a lot less money.

The schools look like minimum security prisons. They have metal detectors, searches, pee tests (coming to all schools and to ALL students if certain people in the government have their way), cameras all over the place, and goon squads patrolling the halls.

Who is their right mind wants to send their child to a school run by a bunch of people who have no common sense, no sense of responsibility, and no accountability? "Duh, I was just following the zero-tolerance policy."

I guess it's just to condition the kids for what is coming if people don't wake up.
20 posted on 10/11/2003 8:00:51 AM PDT by ladylib
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To: BJungNan
I think we should start a conservative version of the ACLU. We should sue that nurse and the school and have no mercy on their souls. We should sue them for everything and anything.

If a trained paramedic drives by a car wreck and does not render aide, he can be sued. I say so should this nurse and her school.

21 posted on 10/11/2003 8:02:39 AM PDT by maui_hawaii
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To: gas_dr
BUT condoms, oral contraception and the rest -- HEY no problem. What a bunch of maroons!

And morons too!

Either way, great point.

22 posted on 10/11/2003 8:07:20 AM PDT by BJungNan
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked
The problem with the inhalers is that you can get a high or a buzz from using one.

Where in the heck do you get such an idea? Do you have asthma? I do, and I can assure you: I do not get "high" from taking albuterol. Unless you consider being able to breathe, as "high."

The problem here is a government-run school system that has gotten completely out of control.

23 posted on 10/11/2003 8:10:09 AM PDT by B Knotts
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To: ladylib
I'm starting to think that's where our whole society is headed. Our Republican administration just required food manufacturers to register with the federal government.

I'm starting to think that Russia may be the new land of the free. Oh, the irony.

24 posted on 10/11/2003 8:11:47 AM PDT by B Knotts
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To: Oztrich Boy
And the reason they have a school nurse?

Anyone have a photo of the "nurse" from Matinée?

25 posted on 10/11/2003 8:24:02 AM PDT by supercat (Why is it that the more "gun safety" laws are passed, the less safe my guns seem?)
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To: B Knotts
I'm starting to think that Russia may be the new land of the free. Oh, the irony.

Kruschev and Kennedy were both right (except perhaps on the dates).

26 posted on 10/11/2003 8:25:35 AM PDT by supercat (Why is it that the more "gun safety" laws are passed, the less safe my guns seem?)
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To: B Knotts
Where in the heck do you get such an idea? Do you have asthma? I do, and I can assure you: I do not get "high" from taking albuterol. Unless you consider being able to breathe, as "high."

I've suffered from asthma all my life, and I can confirm what you say. Albuterol is an inocuous drug; it works directly in the lungs and has virtually zero systemic effects, which makes it far preferable to epinephrine or norepinephrine, which are both available without prescription and have distinctive and sometimes dangerous cardiovascular effects. I'd estimate that over the course of the past 25 years I've gone through about one thousand albuterol inhalers, and never received anything other than the effect for which the drug was intended. Albuterol, in my opinion, is a wonder drug that has enabled millions of people, especially kids, to lead normal lives. Denying a puff to someone suffering from an asthma attack would be tantamount to refusing CPR to someone whose heart had stopped.

27 posted on 10/11/2003 8:27:37 AM PDT by Agnes Heep
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To: B Knotts
I think they want them to register because we have so many food products coming into the US from other countries that aren't inspected.

I understand what you're saying though.
28 posted on 10/11/2003 8:28:51 AM PDT by ladylib
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To: Agnes Heep
Thank you. Yes, epinephrine is a bit harsh. Amazing that it is available non-prescription, while albuterol is by-prescription-only. Only the government could create such an arrangement! :-)
29 posted on 10/11/2003 8:31:55 AM PDT by B Knotts
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To: ladylib
I could see having importers register...maybe. But I'm pretty sure they are registering all food manufacturers, including solely domestic producers.
30 posted on 10/11/2003 8:33:02 AM PDT by B Knotts
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To: B Knotts
I could see having importers register...maybe. But I'm pretty sure they are registering all food manufacturers, including solely domestic producers.

Although in a very real sense didn't that actually start with Wickard v. Filburn?

31 posted on 10/11/2003 8:34:44 AM PDT by supercat (Why is it that the more "gun safety" laws are passed, the less safe my guns seem?)
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To: supercat
True. And eventually, all of those diktats from the '30s and '40s are going to need to be revisited, if we are to keep our Republic.
32 posted on 10/11/2003 8:40:16 AM PDT by B Knotts
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To: IronKros
What happened to their brain dead zero tolerance policy!!!!??? How do they get off making an exception?


Just shows how poorly run these schools are ......it's a joke.
33 posted on 10/11/2003 8:42:07 AM PDT by dennisw (G_d is at war with Amalek for all generations)
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To: B Knotts
I have asthma and yes, I have experienced a "high" from using my inhaler. Albuterol is a form of adrenalin (also called epinephrine in its synthetic form) which relaxes the muscles in the bronchi. The adrenalin is what causes the "fight or flight" response in our bodies in reaction to danger. It is also used to stablize the blood pressure.

I am a BLS instructor (Basic Life Support), as well as Medic First Aid instructor.

Have you ever heard the term huffing? It is when people use an aersol propellant like paint or glue to get "high" by breathing it or sniffing. It is a simular experience but taken to the extreme.
34 posted on 10/11/2003 9:04:52 AM PDT by notpoliticallycorewrecked
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To: B Knotts
The USDA has difficulty making companies recall tainted meat. I'm all for giving the USDA that power, especially after reading about the horrific death of a six-year-old who was infected with a particularly nasty strain of E Coli at The Jack in the Box several years ago.

Having said that, I'm not too keen on local health departments deciding arbitrarily to close down bake sales without any evidence of food spoilage.

35 posted on 10/11/2003 9:06:44 AM PDT by ladylib
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To: IronKros
The courts... activist judges... police state mentality..law suits
its lawyer nirvana
36 posted on 10/11/2003 9:12:43 AM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: IronKros
Is it time to shoot the bastards yet?
37 posted on 10/11/2003 9:50:33 AM PDT by FierceDraka ("I AM NOT A NUMBER - I AM A FREE MAN!")
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To: IronKros
Everyone connected with hassling this young man should be fired. Outrageous! We wonder why our children aren't taught to reason in school? Who's going to teach them?
38 posted on 10/11/2003 10:08:41 AM PDT by Let's Roll (And those that cried Appease! Appease! are hanged by those they tried to please!")
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To: Dudoight
He had passed his inhaler around before and had been warned not to do so.

I can understand passing around a doobie, but an asthma inhaler? ....Kids are getting more strange by the day.

39 posted on 10/11/2003 10:10:52 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: All
This same school, this same school nurse, can be a party to aiding this same girl with contraceptive measures, such as condoms, etc., and helping this same girl to have an abortion; without prior approval or permission from anyone, especially the parents. When all of this insaneness comes to an end, I do not have a clue or an answer. It will be long and hard to change what we have become and allow.
40 posted on 10/11/2003 10:57:57 AM PDT by rose
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To: BJungNan
"Bit blue in the complexion?" So...wait until the girl dies?!!?! "We're well equipped..." Dear God, this nurse is insane. The system is insane.

Homeschooling is a good option, glad the parents are willing to try it.

41 posted on 10/11/2003 11:07:08 AM PDT by madison10
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To: BJungNan
Asked what she would have done if the boy had not been there with the inhaler, the nurse said, "We are well equiped with psycological support staff in the event something traggic would have happened."

If you could convince me beyond a reasonable doubt that a) the student in question might have died, and b) the nurse actually made any such statement, I would vote to convict on a charge of attempted murder.

42 posted on 10/11/2003 11:27:10 AM PDT by sourcery (Moderator bites can be very nasty!)
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To: IronKros
"The boy can return after the Christmas holidays, but his family said they have decided he will be home-schooled."

Hooray for these parents! Good for them! They have finally realized just what vicious, worthless gulags our public screwls really are, and have decided to do the right thing. Hopefully they can undo some of the damage done to this young man by the public screwl system before he goes out into the adult world.

43 posted on 10/11/2003 11:29:48 AM PDT by Elliott Jackalope (We send our kids to Iraq to fight for them, and they send our jobs to India. Now THAT'S gratitude!)
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To: maui_hawaii
"I think we should start a conservative version of the ACLU. We should sue that nurse and the school and have no mercy on their souls. We should sue them for everything and anything."

NOW you're talking! Yes, let's start the ACSU (The American Common Sense Union) and sue and sue and sue these bastards until they cry uncle! Who's with me? We need some lawyers who can help to start this! I will state right here and now that I am willing to put up $1000 to help start the ACSU! Who's with me?

44 posted on 10/11/2003 11:33:57 AM PDT by Elliott Jackalope (We send our kids to Iraq to fight for them, and they send our jobs to India. Now THAT'S gratitude!)
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To: IronKros
These are my thoughts on this incident. I shared them with the principal via email:

Dr. Poole,

I just heard of the recent incident at your school and I have to say that I am appalled.

Is common sense illegal in your community or just at your school?

One child acts to save the life of another child by sharing a medicine that they both use and you have the boy arrested and expelled from school. I have never heard of anything so idiotic in my life.

These weren't recreational drugs. There was no intent to do harm. This young man demonstrates common sense, compassion, wisdom and initiative. Rather than punishing him, you should be thanking him and holding him up as an example.
45 posted on 10/11/2003 11:42:13 AM PDT by Badray (Molon Labe!)
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To: FierceDraka
"Is it time to shoot the bastards yet?"

No, not yet. And a few closely placed warning shots may delay that time even more. Maybe the bastards will get the idea that we're watching and they won't be able to get away with what they are doing for long.

Okay, I admit it. I'm an optimist.

46 posted on 10/11/2003 11:53:30 AM PDT by Badray (Molon Labe!)
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To: IronKros
Not only should he not be charged, he should receive a commendation for saving the girl's life with his quick thinking and concern.
47 posted on 10/11/2003 11:59:36 AM PDT by FrdmLvr ("No more is the image of America one of strong, yet benevolent peacekeeper.)
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To: sourcery
If you could convince me beyond a reasonable doubt that a) the student in question might have died, and b) the nurse actually made any such statement, I would vote to convict on a charge of attempted murder.

Methinks your sarcas-o-meter may need adjustment.

48 posted on 10/11/2003 1:07:14 PM PDT by supercat (Why is it that the more "gun safety" laws are passed, the less safe my guns seem?)
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To: Elliott Jackalope
The girl is going to homeschool too. I guess her mother's not too happy with the school either.

49 posted on 10/11/2003 1:24:58 PM PDT by ladylib
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked
Very informative post.I've used Albuterol and have never gotten a "buzz" so that info came as a surprise to me. It may work differently on different people.

I'm really surprised about the aspirin,but in a way it is understandable. We are living in a very litigous society and the schools have to be careful.
50 posted on 10/11/2003 4:14:53 PM PDT by Mears
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