I have no patience for zero tolerance rules, so this story has me reeling:
Boyfriend and girlfriend, 15-year-olds Brandon Kizi and Andra Ferguson are both asthma sufferers and both students at Caney Creek High School. At least, they were, until Andra began suffering an asthma attack at school.
“I couldn’t breathe, and I was just very short of breath,” recalled Andra. “My chest was tightened up and it was hurting.”
Brandon described the incident. “Her face was turning a little reddish-pink and she looked pale, as far as I could see. I loaned her my inhaler. I walked her to the nurse’s office and loaned her my inhaler.”
That’s when the trouble started. The school nurse called the school police, who arrested Brandon. They charged him with a felony, namely distributing a dangerous drug for loaning out his prescription inhaler. Andra’s mother thinks that’s wrong. “His (inhaler) is the very same thing. And he has had my permission to give her that medication any time she forgets it,” said Sandra Ferguson.
Is our children learning? Yes- they are learning we are not serious at all. For a whole lot of fun with zero tolerance idiocy, check out this website: Losing My Tolerance for Zero Tolerance.
Full disclosure- I carried a pocket knife and aspirin in school. Lots of my friends even had *GASP* shotguns and rifles and compound bows and hunting knives in their trunks. Crazy, aren’t I?