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Student Suspended for Carrying Asthmatic Classmate to the Nurse as She Gasped for Air, Saving Her

Killeen, TX — Just days after an honor roll student in Dallas, Texas was suspended for potentially saving a classmate’s life by sharing her asthma inhaler, another Texas student is in hot water for helping out a fellow student in need.

Anthony Ruelas, 15 was sitting in class Tuesday morning when an eighth-grade classmate began wheezing and choking. For three minutes this poor girl was in clear distress while no one did a thing.

Unable to continue watching the girl suffer, Ruelas picked her up and rushed her to the nurse’s office. In doing so, Ruelas broke the school rules.

“He may not follow instructions all the time, but he does have a great heart,” Ruelas’ mother, Mandy Cortes told 11 Alive News.

When Cortes got to school to pick up her son they hadn’t explained what he had done, so she was furious with him. “I wasn’t trying to hear it,” she said. ”No, they already told me what happened, you walked out of class, and he was like ‘ok forget it’, but I can tell, ya know, you know your kids, I could tell he was upset.”

Ruelas told 11 Alive News, that he was tired of watching the teacher simply stand there and watch this girl suffer while waiting on an email from the nurse. Afraid the girl was going to die, Ruelas disobeyed the teacher’s request for all the students to remain calm and seated.

Imagine, for a moment, what that looked like to someone who cares about the health of another human being. The teacher is standing at the front of the classroom, demanding no one move and remain calm, all the while a 14-year-old girls is gasping for air and possibly dying.

Ruelas couldn’t take it anymore, so he grabbed the young girl and carried her to the nurse.

As the Free Thought Project previously reported, 29-year-old Casey Kressin was suffering a severe asthma attack when the vehicle that was rushing him to the hospital was pulled over by a Chippewa Falls police officer. Instead of escorting the suffering man to the hospital, the officer detained them and called an ambulance. The six minutes it took for the ambulance to arrive proved fatal for Kressin.

Every second an asthmatic is under respiratory distress is another second closer to asphyxiation, and then death.

11 Alive News obtained a copy of the referral form from Ruelas’ teacher which read:

“During 5th 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.”

Surely the school could understand this young man’s concern for the preservation of a fellow student’s wellbeing and applaud his actions, in spite of his poor choice of vocabulary, right? Wrong.

Instead of applause, Ruelas was met with a two-day suspension.

“Especially with it being an alternative school I feel like the kids hear enough of ‘they’re bad’ or their behavior, or you know, and for them to not be rewarded for really something that is brave, ya know, he is a hero to me,” said Cortes.

“I broke rules but, she needed help, like she needed help,” said Ruelas.

“I don’t, ya know think, he should have used that language, but as far as getting suspended for walking out of class, he could have saved her life,” said Cortes.

According to 11 Alive, the school added insult to injury when they called Cortes Wednesday morning wanting to know why her son wasn’t at school. She had to remind them that he was suspended for potentially saving a young girl’s life.


Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world.

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  • If I had a daughter/son and I lost her because of a bullshitter teacher who wouldn’t do anything to save her you could bet your ass off that you would find that teacher in five different garbage cans by the end of the week!! That teacher should go to jail for needlessly endangering that student and the administrators who support needless regulations like that too!! The student who saved his classmates life is a real hero!

    • for real, someone needs to expel these fools from reality for failing our children while they punish those that save them.

    • Well said!!

    • I made the choice not to have kids in this world because i saw what was happening. If i had, i would never send a child to a state run school, ever. I would have home schooled them. Its because the races as a whole, have an establishment of control that strongly does its best to separate child from the family, and make that child part of the states agenda, using basically the same proceses that they used in the hitler youth and other child solider programs around the world through out the ages. They bombard children with endless media and consumerism, they turn them into economic slaves or break them so they end up in prison (another kind of slave). thats the agenda. Understand that EVERY child no mater who the birth parents are valuble to this world. we need to as a collective group teach children how to live in balance with this world, how they are an essential part (there are more children than there are wealthy billionaires now isn’t there?) of the future, because every decision they make will impact in ways, especially as part of a collective. If they choose to chase the materialism dream, they will end up economic slaves just like us. if they understand the gaps in the system, the tricks to not become a destructive force, a paid murderer, a destroyer of the enviromental systems of this world, then our species might survive this challenge. If not, i suspect its either Chipped enslavement and population reduction to half a billion people, and forced death at the age of 45 when people wear out. TIme for you all to educate yourselves, and realize who is doing what on this planet, who is starting the wars, and who ultimately controls the systems you have all been conditioned to obey, and give your children too.

  • When morals become outlawed………BECOME the outlaw!

  • A lot of genocide has been perpetrated by people following the rules of the government. My hat’s off to this kid for essentially telling his teacher to kiss his ass that he was going to do what was right, not what was government school system policy.

    • The teacher was negligent by not responding appropriately to a respiratory emergency and should be disciplined or fired.

  • Can’t break the rules !

  • He is a hero ✊✊teacher is an idiot

  • WHAT???!!! how is it “wrong” to help save someone’s life?? schools are just getting ridiculous – maybe everyone should home school

  • It’s like a kafkian nightmare where rules are to be followed without context.

  • This kind of thinking is so wrong. The kid should have gotten a big praise for saving her life. The teacher that stood by and watched should have been suspended.

  • Wear that suspension with pride …

  • What on earth is wrong with your country???

  • I would be proud if my child did that screw the school admin

  • That is stupid, now there teaching kids to not care for one an other . It’s like the time machine movie how the girl was drowning and everyone was just going on with there own business. That is not right. At all !!!!!!!

  • Stand up for what you believe in, even if you are standing alone. Good for this young man.

  • These schools are really pissing me off!

  • and that day my son would learn the lesson that his school is bullshit and he never has to go back. Period

  • U have to be the rebel these days to make a difference!

  • Stupid rules freaks. Unable to make even the most common-sense decision. Lots of them in education.

  • Good for him. Doing the right thing whether it is against the rules or not is still what we need to do. Many do just that and I applaud them. Caring for the hungry and homeless has been made illegal in some areas and those who do so anyway are heroes in my book.

  • My friends had to support me every week when we ran the mile always forgot my inhaler thank God ppl didn’t flip out then

  • Government needs to get out of the schools. ’nuff said.

  • OH and they forgot they suspended the kid…. Id laugh if I weren’t so pissed off about this story.

  • This young man deserves a metal!

  • More common sense in schools again! This country is fucked with people like that in charge!

  • then this kid should not give a shit about the consequences, nor the stupid fucktards who tries to make buzz out of this

  • if u have to break rules to save a life, the rules need to be changed.

  • And if she died how traumatized would ALL of those kids be? That kid deserves a medal!

  • Julie Wilde

  • America is becoming a big joke with their rules and regulations! Sound more like dictatorship,there is no compassion,they want you people to be zombies. Disgusting,so glad I am a South African that still practices God’s word “Love thy neighbour and care for the sick. Anthony Ruelas you are a great young man,you did the right thing,don’t let anybody tell you,you did wrong!Reach for the stars and go well my Dear. Love what you did,I salute you!!!!!

    • Hello America is a dictatorship, just in case you didn’t notice

  • One more reason I hate our mandatory education system, BS!

  • When I was in elementary school, a kid died because of an asthma attack. The teacher didn’t call the nurse or 911 because that would be risking her job. So she just let him die.

    • That is absolutely horrifying. How in the world does that teacher sleep at night, especially because calling the nurse or 911 is certainly not cause for termination!

    • She followed protocol even though it caused a death. I just don’t understand how a life is less important than a job?

    • cause its what they have dumbed people down to by removing individuality and making people at the same time just selfish and self absorbed so they don’t think of another persons life as something that has meaning unless it directly affects them.

  • OK maybe I missed reading something here, but doesn’t the good smaritian law super secedes the school rules.

  • I am aware of that,but also keep in mind,you have to be careful what you say on the net.Read a lot on various sites,I pity the American citizens,they are caught up with a monstrous Regime of a government!!!!
    Sent via my BlackBerry from Vodacom – let your email find you!

  • thay are idiots, he´s a hero!

  • It is a crying shame that this young man did not get an award for his actions. They were worth one. And why is the teacher not given first aide training. When I went to school during the summer of their first year teachers had to take a first aide class and every summer that they taught they had to take a refresher. Is it really going to take a child dying before they do something to correct this situation. And contact the nurse by email. How about giving her a cell phone?

  • so, school systems are so inept, ideological, and unthinking that there isn’t even room for a good samaritan exception. no wonder the republic, too, is gasping for breath.

  • Only In USA

  • Sounds like the only one in the room with any common sense

  • This kid was doing what was right and gets punished for it. No wonder this generation of kids don’t have common sense. They get fricken punished for using it. And here we thought it is the parents fault. It is the Damn schools that are running the common sense out of the students. They do the right thing and get punished and then the students are confused as hell. The schools seem like they are stupifying the kids.

  • thank god i live in Australia!!

  • You have nothing to feel guilty about, THEY do

  • If I were that boys parents I’d be at that school raising hell…wtf

  • I thought, America, straight away. Uncanny? I think not.

  • Suspension??? That kid saved that girl from potential brain-damage or death. He should be hailed as a hero.

  • What the actual fuck? Jesus US, you’re totally fucked. This young person will make a useful addition to your private prison service for 15 years for this tho !

  • Sounds about right!!

  • Needs more posts like this

  • This 8th grader has more fortitude than most adults

  • get the FED out of our schools.

  • I’m pretty sure teachers don’t understand the severity of being asthmatic. My daughter has been refused access to her Inhaler in school. She has also had days off or been late due to her illness and some teachers don’t feel it us a good enough reason for her to be late or not in. Teachers need educating in this area I think.

  • Let the school do what they’re gonna do but I think this boy already knows he’s taken higher ground… I’d be proud of my son for choosing compassion over obedience

  • Idiocracy

  • Can you actually do anything right in America anymore without getting into some kind of trouble?

  • Whaaaat theee phuck is wrong with people!!!!!

  • When did compassion become a punishable offence?

  • We should NEVER break the rules…

  • There is no common sense left in this country. Thank you young man for saving her life!

  • As a person with asthma myself I would have picked her up and taken her to the nurse as well. To stand there and watch this child suffer an attack the teacher should be fired.

  • He did the right thing. While he was suspended, I would take him to the movies, eat out , and anything else he wanted. I would also make sure the school knew about it. Shame on the school.

  • Obedient at all cost.

  • The teacher needs to be brought up and child neglect charges she she did not react to a medical crisis for sending email a f****** email

  • Compassion and humanity prevail!

  • This is where you say, “Fuck your stupid rules.”

  • You’re F-ing kidding me, right? I hope whoever made the decision to suspend him loses their job, and is never put in a position with any power over any living thing, ever. Also, the teacher should go, as well.

  • Teachers wont stand up to Common Core or help students in need of medical attention because they are following the rules?

  • what kind of fucked up county does that…. seriously, you find better medical attention in “third world countries”. The teacher should lose their job for failing to do anything for the girl. Simply standing there to watch a kid die isn’t acceptable in any european county I have been to and reside in. -_-

  • This young man did the right thing.
    THANK YOU.

  • I say some sensitivity training is in order. The teacher and administrators need to be given a big puff of chlorine gas and have treatment withheld for three minutes. That might might give them a taste of how it feels to have an asthma attack.

  • And they wonder why kids take a gun and shoot up their school,duh.

  • I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.
    Martin Luther King Jr

  • I call for action to be taken on the teachers and administrators at this school and in this district! The decision makers MUST be accountable for their mis-guided actions just like any other employee/citizen/person would be!

  • Good on you young man you did save her life, fuck the school pack of idiots

  • and this is one of the many reasons why the rest of the world is laughing at us.

  • Good job kid. People without asthma won’t ever know what it’s like to slowly suffocate.

  • Praise you for helping her.

  • Bravo

  • U sure them thingys in charge are humans not alien robots?

  • Private schools///steal our tax dollars, a few get rich and their rules are punitive, We can do better

  • Never be afraid to break a rule.

  • Sweet comma placement.

  • there is the “man-slave” justice, then there is universal justice. I know which one over rides which. This kid needs a fucken medal in front of everyone, so people stop questioning which is more important, and start doing the right thing no mater what.

  • meanwhile…………….

  • “The best system and the best society in the world!” :O

  • Well to me you are a hero. Keep your head up and don’t let one negative incident change the great person you are.

  • You did the right thing bro…!!

  • WTH