Local 8th grader suspended for taking sick classmate to school nurse

Published: Jan. 20, 2016 at 6:21 PM CST
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An eighth grade student at Killeen’s Gateway Middle School was suspended after taking a classmate who was having an asthma attack to the school’s nurse, and the boy’s mother isn’t happy about it.

The incident happened Tuesday at the school at 1307 Gowen Dr.

The boy, Anthony Ruelas, said the girl who sits next to him complained about not being able to breathe.

The teacher, following school protocol, emailed the nurse, but in the meantime, the girl fell out of her chair, he said.

He said he feared the girl could die, so uttering an expletive, he carried the girl to the nurse’s office, which is in a separate portable building on the school’s campus.

When he returned to class, he says, he was suspended for one day for leaving class.

He will return Thursday.

He said he’s been in trouble before, but said he thought he was doing the right thing.

In response to questions about the incident, the Killeen ISD issued a statement in which Superintendent John Craft said it cannot provide details pertaining to student discipline or health records.

“The Killeen ISD maintains the safety of our students, staff and campuses as a priority and applauds the efforts of students who act in good faith to assist others in need,” Craft said.