May 24, 2012

Nurse refuses student inhaler during asthma attack

School says medical release form lacked parent's signature

Volusia County School officials stand by a Deltona High School nurse's decision to refuse a student his inhaler during an asthma attack, citing a lack of a parent's signature on a medical release form.

"It's like something out of a horror film. The person just sits there and watches you die," said Michael Rudi, 17. "She sat there, looked at me and she did nothing."

He said the school dean found his inhaler during a search of his locker. The inhaler was still in its original packaging -- complete with his name and directions for its use; however, the school took it away because his mother hadn't signed the proper form for him to have it.

School leaders called Sue Rudi when her son started having trouble breathing. She rushed to the office and was taken back to the nurse's office by school administrators and they discovered the teen on the floor.

"As soon as we opened up the door, we saw my son collapsing against the wall on the floor of the nurse's office while she was standing in the window of the locked door looking down at my son, who was in full-blown asthma attack," Rudi said.

Michael Rudi said when he started to pass out from his attack, the nurse locked the door.

"I believe that when I closed my eyes I wasn't going to wake up," he said.
The Director of Student Health Services, Cheryl Selesky, said that parents must sign the medical release form each year, which allows students to carry their prescribed drugs with them in school.

This year, the district had no record of his Rudi's signature, said Selesky.

"I mean its common sense if I saw an animal on the street in distress I would probably stop to help, why wouldn't she help a child," Sue Rudi said.
But Rudi is a senior, and his mother said the district has had records of his asthma throughout his years in the school.

She thinks her son could have died because of a technicality.

"How dare you deny my son something that we all take for granted, breath," said Sue Rudi. "Why didn't someone call 911?"

Selesky said the district is looking into whether proper procedures were followed by the school, and while nurses can't give medications without the proper authorization, it is district policy to call 911 when a student cannot breath.

Selesky could not explain why 911 was never called.

"I understand if you can't give it to him call 911," Sue Rudi said. "Why did you not call 911?"

Sue Rudi said she worries about the next student caught in a similar situation, and has filed charges against the nurse with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

"I want to press child endangerment charges for something they did to my son," Rudi said in the 911 call.


  1. - The inhumanity spreads like a contagion through dark hearted and dark souled people that lack common sense and common decency.
    just another sign of the times. Closed minds and dark hearts.

  2. Wow! Take rules to the extreme much?

  3. Government schools suck and so do it's nurses.

  4. I'd fire this nurse for INCOMPETENCE!

  5. I'm a nurse. Sue that school. NOW. This is basic negligence and the nurse is liable. School is also liable. At least you'll have inhalers for life.

  6. That nurse should have been on the floor with a broken face.

  7. Corporate, law-abiding, compliant society.

    When the cops were beating Kelly Thomas to his death, he was crying to his father - "dad, they are killing me" - which they eventually did. The father complied with the law and did not even say a word to the "police officers", not to mention tried to intervene.

  8. Just get all their names for now. The school nurse, the principal, and all the other school officials who "stood by her decision" to lock the door and watch the kid die because his Mom didn't bow down to the king and sign the proper forms.

    Cops, school officials, CPS, and federal agents from a dozen or so agencies are all abusing and reveling in the petty petty power granted to them by the empire, so don't let them slip through the cracks later.

    It's important to record as many names and addresses of these people as possible because they're a threat to civilized society. We have a future to build, and we can't let these lunatics prevent sanity from prevailing.

  9. If you'd all stop suing each other for five minutes then this sort of rubbish wouldn't happen.

    1. Amazing you don't think this warrants, at a minimum, a civil lawsuit.

      The nurse didn't just refuse to help resolve a medical emergency, which is bad enough itself, but also denied the student his much needed medication in a potentially life-and-death situation.

  10. this society is foaming at the mouth barking mad...
    someone who calls herself a nurse is denying a student she knows has asthma an urgently needed life-saving medicine because a signature is missing...
    she should have her license revoked and be charged with child endangerment...
    the school officials who support her stance should be fired, none of these people are fit to take care of kids, obviously.

  11. Whatever school granted this fool a degree as an RN or LPN should be publicized.

  12. She might have filed a Police Report, but the odds that this nurse will ever being seriously hassled over it by another government stooge are approximately zero.

  13. ahhh welcome to the world of health and safety where common sense goes out of the window.

  14. they are making ghetto women into nurses these days. No surprise.

  15. rip out their lungs

  16. The fact that she denied the student his own medication is criminal and should be considered nothing less than attempted murder. The fact that the school has a policy to allow for such actions makes them involved in a conspiracy to commit murder.

  17. It is time for a culling. Soon.