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Student Suspended From School For Sharing Inhaler With Classmate Who Has Asthma

| by Jonathan Constante
Indiyah Rush's inhalerIndiyah Rush's inhaler

A Texas student was reportedly suspended for trying to help save another girl’s life.

Indiyah Rush, 12, is a 7th grade honor roll student at Schrade Middle School in Dallas. She’s struggled with asthma since the age of 5 and carries a rescue inhaler, Fox 4 News reported.

On Jan. 12, Rush noticed that one of her classmates, who also has asthma, was wheezing and gasping for breath during gym class. She offered the girl her inhaler.

“I was just trying to save her life,” Rush told Fox 4 News. “I didn't think I was trying to do anything bad.”

Rush and her classmate, however, were sent to the principal’s office. Rush ended up with several days of at-home suspension and could be facing up to 30 days in alternative school for giving the inhaler to her classmate.

“I mean they punished her twice,” Monique Rush, the girl’s mother, said. “They suspended her on top of sending her to alternative school. I mean how could you do a kid like that?”

The school district said the alternative school is an initial punishment for sharing a controlled substance. The inhaler is being considered a prescription drug in this case.

A hearing is underway to review all of the facts. Monique believes the punishment is excessive, but a school district spokesman insists the incident could have caused severe consequences.

“It's a prescription and one student’s severity with asthma may not mirror that of the girl who let the other borrow hers and that could have resulted in some pretty significant issues,” Garland ISD spokesman Chris Moore said.

Sources: Fox 4 News, Garland ISD Schools / Photo Credit: Fox 4 News, NIAID/Flickr