Emma Gonzales, 9-year-old girl, took out her inhaler during a coughing fit at school but district officials took it away since staff were not notified of the child’s prescription, on Monday, according to Jordan School District officials.
When Emma took her inhaler out to use it, in Columbia Elementary, her teacher sent her to the office, where the staff took the inhaler away. The 9-year-old coughed so hard she threw up on her pants.
“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,” said Emma.
Staff made the correct moves when taking away the medication since they never saw a prescription, according to district officials.
“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.
The policy states that parents or guardians must fill out paperwork regarding what their child is taking for medication so school administrators know about it. If proper paperwork is filled out, district policy allows children to administer medications to themselves, according to Fox.
The parents of the 9-year-old claim that they understand the policy and will fill out the proper paperwork to make sure Emma can get her inhaler in the future. Britney Badger, mother of Emma, believes that when Emma started to vomit–the school should have done more.
“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,” said Britney Badger.
The 9-year-old never received her inhaler back but the coughing stopped.
Emma was monitored the entire time– if they felt as though she was in serious danger, they would have called 911, according to district officials.