Published Online: February 9, 2016
Published in Print: February 10, 2016, as Student Removed for Helping Peer Having Asthma Attack

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Student Removed for Helping Peer Having Asthma Attack

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The mother of a Texas teenager who was suspended from school for helping a friend who was having an asthma attack says her son won't return to the school.

Mandy Cortes said that she will home-school her 15-year-old rather than have him return to Gateway Middle School in Killeen.

Anthony Ruelas was suspended when he disobeyed his teacher by picking up his classmate and leaving the classroom to carry her to the nurse's office. The teacher had emailed the nurse when the girl began suffering the attack and was awaiting a response. Cortes says that after a few minutes had passed, her son uttered an expletive about not waiting and carried the girl out.

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