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MONUMENT, Colo. (CBS4) – She says she was just trying to help a friend, but now two students from Monument face expulsion after one loaned another her asthma inhaler.
Alyssa McKinney thought her friend, Breana Crites, was having an asthma attack during gym class. It happened at Lewis-Palmer Middle School. Both Eighth-graders were suspended for 10 days.
The principal told CBS4 he couldn’t talk about the case but said it comes down to two students sharing prescription drugs, which is against school policy.
The girls told CBS4 that even though they are facing stiff consequences, they’d do it all over again.
“I thought I was having and asthma attack and she’s seen people have asthma attacks,” Crites said. “So she thought I was having one too and she was worried. She’s like, ‘Just use this, it will help you.’ “
Crites suffered an allergic reaction to the inhaler and had to visit the school nurse. The principal found out what happened and suspended both girls.
The principal sent a letter home to McKinney’s parents.
“I’m extending the suspension for five more days … and recommending expulsion from the Lewis-Palmer School District,” the letter stated.
The letter claims the students violated the school’s drug policy.
“The inhaler is actually a prescription drug,” the Lewis-Palmer School District superintendent said.
The superintendent wants the students to learn from the incident.
“They could have an adverse side-effect that they’ve never thought about,” he said. “I think, absolutely, the suspension is appropriate.”
“I would never give someone a medication and risk them dying,” McKinney said.
Crites doesn’t have asthma.
Students and parents believe McKinney did the right thing by trying to help her classmate. They don’t think the punishment is fair.
“It’s not like they were maliciously doing it. She was in a panic, her friend thought that it was an asthmatic attack, and so they did it,” Crites’ mother said.
“I missed high school registration. I’m missing out on all of this because I tried to help someone,” McKinney said.
The superintendent said the expulsion will be determined when school officials get all the details.