A 9-year-old girl had her inhaler taken away by school officials because they were not notified about the new prescription.
9-year-old Emma Gonzales from West Jordan, Utah was prescribed an inhaler over the weekend after a visit to the emergency room. When she went to school on Monday, she began to have another coughing fit during class so she took out her inhaler to relieve her symptoms. That’s when she was sent to the office and had her inhaler taken away because her name was not on the prescription and the school had not been notified of her new medication.
Emma was coughing so hard that she vomited on herself. She told KSTU, “When I get into the coughing fit, I kind of hurtle up on the ground, can't breathe and then I start to kind of feel a little nauseous.”
Emma’s coughing fit later subsided but her mother, Britney Badger, was not pleased with how the school handled the situation.
"When a child is puking all over themselves and they can't breathe, you know you kind of have to take action right then and there," Badger said
District officials claim the school did nothing wrong. "There could be all sorts of problems if children were just allowed to take any medication and we didn't have that verification. Again, this is for the student's safety," said district spokeswoman Sandy Riesgraf.
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