Warning, especially if you have kids:
Let’s set the scene first:
County School officials stand by a Deltona High School nurse’s decision
to refuse a student his inhaler during an asthma attack, citing a lack
of a parent’s signature on a medical release form.
Yeah, but I mean how bad was it really?
He said the school dean found his inhaler during a search of
his locker last Friday. The inhaler was still in its original packaging
— complete with his name and directions for its use; however, the
school took it away because his mother hadn’t signed the proper form for
him to have it.
Ok, so we have positive authority that this medication was prescribed to the individual named by a medical doctor.
He was taken to the nurses office in need of medical attention, more specifically medication prescribed to deal with his condition. The nurses response to the situation:
“As soon as we opened up the door, we saw my son collapsing
against the wall on the floor of the nurse’s office while she was
standing in the window of the locked door looking down at my son, who
was in full-blown asthma attack,” Rudi said.
So the attack was bad enough to cause loss of consciousness, yet the nurses response was to lock the door keeping the child in need of medical aid out. Further the school while depriving the student of his life saving medication did the following, or I should say didn’t:
“I understand if you can’t give it to him call 911,” Sue Rudi said. “Why did you not call 911?”
Here’s my problem with this whole statement, they can’t give him medication. They can not hand him medication and say, “Take this.” That does not mean they have legal right or cause to prevent someone from taking prescribed medication. Parent signature or not. The school does not have need, nor cause to be briefed on all medical issues surrounding a student if the student is capable of management on his own. The school is not a medical doctor with training and ability to determine if the child does or does not require medication. That is up to 3 different people, the child, the parent, and the doctor. The school is not in that loop and has no business in that loop.
So what term comes to mind, Willful Negligence.
This whole incident fits to a T the definition of Willful Negligence. They did not call 911 despite the individual exhibiting signs of respiratory distress up to and including a loss of consciousness. The school actively sought out and withheld medication that could have prevented the condition from worsening. The medication was obviously prescribed to the individual and their was nothing indicating that the medication was intended for any other individual. Their actions, or inaction depending on your view, directly contributed to the loss of consciousness by the student and the aggravation of his condition. Their inaction could have also easily resulted in death had the mother not arrived when she did.
This is your public school system. This is how they treat your most precious gifts. They do not care about your child, they care about you being a good cog in their bureaucracy. How dare you give your child life saving medication without you going and telling them it’s OK. Your child isn’t yours to them, your child is theirs, to let die like a laboratory experiment so they can feel good about making sure people go to the administrators for the medication required by a 17 year old.
I hope that woman lawyers up, because that school is responsible as well as the nurse and there is no doubt in my mind regarding negligence. My wife would only have to utter one word if that had been my kid and it would have been world war 3 in there. Rule 1 on my list of dealing with a man, “Never fuck with a mans family.” That includes stupidity, such as being willfully negligent, which might kill his kid.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.