When Being Good Goes Bad
Anthony Ruelas, a 15-year-old student from Killeen Texas, is fighting an unfair suspension from school, simply for trying to help a fellow classmate. When the 8th grader noticed that a girl in his class was having an extremely hard time breathing and gasping for air he knew almost immediately that she was having an Asthma attack. The teacher then sent an email to the nurse and waited for the nurses response of what to do. Anthony, fearing for the safety of his friend quickly came to her aid and carried her to the nurse’s office instead of waiting on the teacher’s responded email.
He later received a notice from Gateway Middle School alerting him and his parents that he was being suspended for leaving class. The referral he received from his teacher 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— 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.”
Initially getting news of the suspension, Anthony’s mother, Mandy Cortez figured, there was no good reason for her son to have left class, and wasn’t trying to hear any explanation he may have had. It wasn’t until the two sat down together and he explained the entirety of what happened that Anthony’s mother finally took his side.
Anthony admitted to breaking the rules, but under the circumstances, believed it was the right thing to do. His mother agreed, that the suspension was unfair saying, “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.”
On the day Anthony was suspended, he received a text from the girl that he had helped thanking Anthony, and letting him know that she was “ok,” but only thanks to his good faith and quick actions. Anthony says he would do it again even with the consequence he was given.
Article: USA Today