I went to a school like this when I was in grade six. My inhalers were locked up in the office, and I was having an attack. My memories are a bit foggy (I couldn’t breathe after all) but I recall my twin sister and somebody else wheeling me all the way to the office in a computer chair. Thankfully I was lucky and got my meds in time; I ended up off school for a week and a half recovering.
This shit is scary. Rescue inhalers should be on the person of the child who NEEDS them, and if they are too young then they should be with the caregiver. There is absolutely no excuse to keep RESCUE MEDICATIONS locked up away from the people who need them FAST.
Wow, what kind of school does this? I think it was only really when we were very young (4-8) that our school had a policy of giving the teacher the medication who would then prompt the child to take it when needed. After that we could carry around our own things including inhalers, pills, painkillers etc.
My little sister’s school tried to do this, had my mom put her inhaler in a plastic bag with her name and leave it in the nurse’s office. School nurses are already such jokes, I’ve never met one that seemed more qualified than, “you have a fever, let’s call you mom” or when I would have one of my notoriously crippling migraines, all she would do was tell me to lay down in a dark side room on a really uncomfortable bed for an hour - then go back to class. I was not offered anything like ibuprofen or even aspirin, and I wasn’t even allowed to bring my own to school. (Even though I did, because fuck you.)
My mom was livid. She demanded to speak to the principal and immediately through a huge ugly stink about how absolutely dangerous it was to have a rescue inhaler all the way practically on the other side of the school, locked in an office with someone hardly equipped for headaches and vomit. They tried to tell her about how my sister would show it to everyone and how she would use it all the time and basically all this total BS - putting all the blame on the children.
… I think it is safe to say that my mom raised all the circles of hell and fiery logic rained down on this stupid motherfucker. They instead made a “deal” and started allowing children to leave their inhalers in the teacher’s desk. Which, while better, is still completely ridiculous. Kids who need rescue inhalers or epi-pens are taught how lifesaving and necessary they are and why they need them. They don’t wave them around and nuisance other kids, I mean seriously.
This happened probably seven or eight years ago but I am still pissed.
I fully agree with you, I mean this is very dangerous and the welfare of the child should be most important. Things like epi-pens it is probably a good idea for both the teacher and the child to have one, because some people only have minutes before they could die depending on the severity of the allergies.
The only reason I think I child should not have these is if they have other needs, which means they would not be capable of being able to sort themselves out and would need a career. However most children should be allowed to have these things on them. Especially if it could potentially mean a loss of life.
The point is so that kids can’t take too much medication and hurt themselves. It is so school nurses can monitor that intake. However, reality is it becomes a bunch of BS. I remember school and nurses office, it was a place where sick kids came to cry and ok kids came to whine. I remember a girl nearly dying because of an asthma attack. In fact her mother, the teacher’s aid, saved her because she had an inhaler in her purse. Who knows what would have happened were they dependent on getting her to the nurse’s office.
I remember a girl sitting in tears because the nurse spent five minutes grilling her about the necessity of taking a pain pill for her menstrual cramps before telling her to leave and come back after lunch (not even kidding she wasn’t allowed to take her own bought medication in high school). I remember the line of kids missing lunch because they had to take their pills while the nurse was busy babysitting some kids who said they were sick. I remember being one of those kids who missed lunch more than once because of that. Did I mention that only the asthma attack happened in elementary school, the others happened in junior high and high school. My friend had to take her Benadryl to the nurse’s office when she 18 years old because heaven forbid she take it in class. I understand the purpose, but it was and is a ridiculous and harmful policy.
I agree, that these practises do look more dangerous then anything else. I can understand some medications needing to be in the hands of a nurse and given out to someone really young, or if for some reason they are not capable themselves. However you are right in something like an inhaler they can;t do themselves harm by taking too much.
However common sense really needs to be used! By high school comes along most children will be able to take care of these matters themselves. Those who can handle these matters themselves should be able to do so, so attention can be given to those people for some reason can’t. So you don’t end up with stupid things like people missing their lunch, which is also bad since some medication is needed with meals.
To be honest I think it should be a case by case basis, to whether the child in question should have the medication on them or not.
I don’t think the comment “bisexuals have straight privilege unless they’re in lesbian relationships” makes any more sense than saying “lesbians have straight privilege while they’re single”. This makes the assumption that all bisexuals who are single or in opposite-sex relationships actively hide their sexual orientation.
If a gay woman keeps her sexual identity secret while she’s single in order to avoid discrimination, we don’t accuse her of co-opting straight privilege – we sympathize with her for feeling the need to closet herself. So why the double standard for bisexuals?
It might not apply to you, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t straight-looking femme lesbians, or androgynous-looking, rainbow-wearing, alternative-haircut-having bisexuals. My point is that that comment oversimplifies and overgeneralizes things in a way that seems unreasonable to me.
I’ve been getting horrible messages like this in my ask for months, including:
and my personal favorite
After getting the message saying “Just go kill yourself” I was completely done dealing with this person’s horrible messages and replied with just an “Okay.” and logged off tumblr.
About a week later I logged back on with 17 messages in my ask, most of them from the anon. I scrolled down and at first when I logged off, the anon messaged me things like
I scrolled up more and all of a sudden they started sending me more and more messages like
This was extremely surprising to me. I thought “After all those horrible messages you sent to me for MONTHS about hating me and wanting me dead, you say ‘sorry’ and that you ‘cant be responsible for someone’s suicide’?”
But I guess the lesson goes like this:
DONT TELL ANYONE TO KILL THEMSELVES UNLESS YOU ARE PREPARED FOR WHAT MIGHT ACTUALLY HAPPEN
DON’T TELL ANYONE TO KILL THEMSELVES EVER.
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