- The Washington Times - Friday, January 15, 2016

A Texas honor roll student was suspended and is now facing a month in an alternative school after she shared her inhaler with her asthmatic friend.

Indiyah Rush, a 12-year-old student at Schrade Middle School in Garland, said another girl with asthma was wheezing and gasping for breath during a workout in Tuesday’s gym class, a local Fox News affiliate reported.

Indiyah, who plays club volleyball and has suffered from asthma since she was 5, offered the girl, 13-year-old Alexis Kyle, her inhaler.

The two wound up getting suspended and now face up to 30 days of alternative school.

“I mean they punished her twice,” said Monique Rush, Indiyah’s mother. “They suspended her on top of sending her to alternative school. I mean, how could you do a kid like that?”

A school incident report obtained by Fox identified Indiyah as the “perpetrator” who had a “controlled substance/marijuana.”

Both Indiyah and Alexis will appear at a hearing Friday to find out how many days they will have to spend at alternative school. The district said 30 days at alternative school is an initial automatic punishment for sharing a controlled substance including prescription drugs such as inhalers, Fox reported.

“It’s a prescription and one student’s severity with asthma may not mirror that of the girl who let the other borrow her’s and that could have resulted in some pretty significant issues,” said Chris Moore, Garland ISD spokesman.

Indiyah and her mother said the punishment is excessive.

“My kid would be mixed with kids that are using drugs at school or being caught with drugs, acting out in class,” Ms. Rush told Fox. “I don’t want any of that to rub off on her.”

The girl said she “didn’t know” she was doing “anything bad.”

“I was just trying to save her life,” she said.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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