A Texas mom is standing up for her 15-year-old son, who was suspended after helping a classmate suffering from an asthma attack, KCEN reports.
Anthony Ruelas said that on Tuesday morning, his eighth-grade classmate sat in class wheezing and gagging for three minutes while no one did anything. Fed up with waiting, Anthony moved to help, apparently breaking the rules.
“He may not follow instructions all the time, but he does have a great heart,” Mandy Cortes said of her son.
Anthony attends Gateway Middle School, an alternative school in Killeen, Texas, and has been in trouble before. But this time, Cortes said, his heart was in the right place, even if she didn’t see it at first.
“I wasn’t trying to hear it,” the mom admitted. When she went to pick him up for the suspension, she cut him off, saying, “No, they already told me what happened; you walked out of class. And he was like, ‘OK, forget it,’ but I can tell, you know … your kids; I could tell he was upset.”
After Anthony was given a chance to explain, he told her he walked out because he was carrying a friend to the nurse’s office.
“I was like, what? I’m suspended for this? Like, I was trying to help her,” he explained.
Anthony said that the teacher was waiting for an email from the school nurse and told the class to remain calm in their seats, even as the girl gasped for air. The girl eventually fell out of her chair. Fearing for his classmate, Anthony ignored the order after several minutes of inaction, defying the teacher.
According to KCEN, the referral form from the teacher read: “During fifth period another student complained that she couldn’t breathe and was having an asthma attack. As I waited for a response from the nurse, the student fell out of her chair to the floor. Anthony proceeded to go over and pick her up, saying, ‘F–k that, we ain’t got time to wait for no email from the nurse.’ He walks out of class and carries the other student to the nurse.”
“I broke rules, but she needed help,” Anthony insisted.