2 students facing expulsion over asthma inhaler 

Two Monument middle school students are facing expulsion after one loaned the other her asthma inhaler because she thought the girl was having an attack.

Breana Crites says she was short of breath during a physical education class last week and thought the inhaler would help. Both girls attended Lewis Palmer Middle School.

Alyssa McKinney says she didn't know that Crites did not have a prescription for the medication.

"I was really out of breath, and I started panicking which made it even worse. Alyssa asked me if I was all right and I thought I had an asthma attack so that's what I told her, so she offered me her inhaler and I took it," Crites told KOAA-TV.

The nurse found out and both 8th graders were suspended for 10 days, the station reported (http://bit.ly/ybmbDZ). The two also are facing expulsion.

In a statement, the school district said officials have strict rules regarding prescription medication that are designed to ensure student safety.

"Our policy allows for flexibility based on the specific facts of individual incidents, and we will use appropriate discretion in all situations to determine the best response," spokeswoman Robin Adair said in a statement.

She declined to comment on the students sharing an inhaler, citing student confidentiality laws.


Information from: KOAA-TV, http://www.koaa.com

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