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Texas girl who shared her inhaler with classmate suspended

A Dallas-area middle schooler was suspended for sharing her inhaler with a classmate she thought could be having an asthma attack Tuesday, according to reports.

Seventh-grade honors student Indiyah Rush, 12, also faces up to 30 days in a Garland, Texas, alternative school, KDFW-TV reported. She handed the other girl her inhaler after she noticed the girl wheezing and then breathing heavily during gym class at Vernon Schrade Middle School, Indiyah told the TV station.

“I was just trying to save her life,” she said. “I didn’t know I was doing anything bad.”

Now both Indiyah and the as-yet-unidentified girl she helped will appear at hearings to find out how many days they’ll have to spend at alternative school. A school incident report obtained by the TV station identified Indiyah as the “perpetrator” who had a “controlled substance/marijuana.”

Garland, Texas, seventh-grader Indiyah Rush, 12, was suspended from her middle school for sharing her inhaler with another girl, according to reports.KDFW

Garland, Texas, seventh-grader Indiyah Rush, 12, was suspended from her middle school for sharing her inhaler with another girl, according to reports.

Her mom Monique Rush said she’s worried Indiyah will get mixed in with true drug offenders at alternative school and “I don’t want any of that to rub off on her.”

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

A representative for Garland Independent School District didn’t immediately respond Thursday night to a request for more information on the health condition of Indiyah’s classmate and the possible punishment. Garland ISD spokesman Chris Moore defended the disciplinary measures in an interview with KDFW.

Indiyah displays the inhaler she uses to treat her own asthma. KDFW

Indiyah displays the inhaler she uses to treat her own asthma.

Enlarge Indiyah gave her classmate the inhaler during gym class Tuesday at Vernon Schrade Middle School. KDFW

Indiyah gave her classmate the inhaler during gym class Tuesday at Vernon Schrade Middle School.

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Indiyah displays the inhaler she uses to treat her own asthma. Indiyah gave her classmate the inhaler during gym class Tuesday at Vernon Schrade Middle School.

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

Moore noted Indiyah may receive no days at the district alternative school because the offense carries a penalty of zero to 30 days. Indiyah’s hearing is scheduled for Friday.

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