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A Texas Teen Was Suspended for Trying to Save a Classmate’s Life

On January 19, middle school student Anthony Ruelas was in class when a classmate suddenly fell to the floor. The 15-year-old took matters into his own hands to help his friend – but he was punished for it.

It all happened here at Gateway Middle School in Killeen, Texas.

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Eighth grader Anthony Ruelas was in class when a fellow classmate and friend began to have an asthma attack.

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The teacher ordered all the students to remain in their seats and emailed the school nurse about the situation. The teacher was following Killeen Independent School District’s protocol.

During the asthma attack, the student, Tishica Fisher, fell out of her chair. That’s when Ruelas took action. He picked her up and carried her to the nurse’s office.

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Two days after the incident, Fisher texted Ruelas to thank him for his help and to let him know that she is doing well.

 School officials must have been pleased to see one student helping another, right? Wrong. Ruelas was SUSPENDED.

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Ruelas’s teacher filed a discipline form that read: “During 5th period another student complained that she couldn’t breathe and was having an asthma attack. As I waited for a response from the nurse the student fell out of her chair to the floor. Anthony proceeded to go over and pick her up saying, ‘F–k that. We ain’t got time to wait for no email from the nurse.’ He walks out of class and carried the other student to the nurse.”

READ: Hailed a Hero: Boy Saves Classmates after School Bus Crashed and Careened into a Lake

When asked for comment, Superintendent John Craft had this to say:

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“The Killeen ISD maintains the safety of our students, staff and campuses as a priority and applauds the efforts of students who act in good faith to assist others in times of need.” KCENTV also reports that it wasn’t long until the school accused Fisher of faking her asthma attack. Fisher claims she was asked by her teacher to “fix” the situation because a petition was circulating to get her to resign.

But they still suspended the boy for two days over the incident. His mom was like:

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Ruelas’s mom acknowledged her son has been suspended before: “He may not follow instructions all the time, but he does have a great heart.” She also said that her son should not have used foul language toward a teacher. #fair

READ: A Real Mexican Superhero is Saving Lives One Pedestrian at a Time

The story of the 15-year-old hero resonated around the world, prompting praise from as far away as the Netherlands.

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Ruelas’s story has been shared thousands of times and people from all over the world have been sending the teen letters, emails, and social media messages praising him for his quick thinking.

He even scored a Congressional internship in Washington D.C. with U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar of Texas.

And the girl he carried to the nurse’s office that day is doing well.

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“All I know is I blacked out, and I felt myself getting picked up by somebody,” Fisher told KCEN.

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What’s the school doing? Sticking to their guns. They said Ruelas was suspended “because of an unrelated incident.”

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“The District’s Crisis Management Plan directs the teacher to contact the campus principal and the nurse in case of a medical emergency. However, the student was suspended because of an unrelated incident. The district is unable to provide detail about individual students due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”

Check out the original news report below:

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Texas High Schoolers Conducted a Mock ‘Slave Auction’ Of Black Students Over Snapchat

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Texas High Schoolers Conducted a Mock ‘Slave Auction’ Of Black Students Over Snapchat

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Students at a high school in Aledo, Texas are being disciplined after the administration discovered they held a mock slave auction on Snapchat where they “traded” Black students.

Screenshots of the Snapchat group show that these unnamed students “bid” on students of color, ranging anywhere from $1 to $100.

One student in particular was priced at $1 because his hair was “bad”. The screenshot also shows that the group chat’s name changed regularly. The group’s name started as “Slave Trade” then changed to “N—-r Farm”, and finally to “N—– Auction”.

Upon learning of the mock slave auction, the Daniel Ninth Grade Campus’s principal wrote a note to parents explaining the situation. Principal Carolyn Ansley called the mock slave auction “an incident of cyberbullying and harassment” which “led to conversations about how inappropriate and hurtful language can have a profound and lasting impact” on people.

Many people felt that the school principal downplayed the gravity of the mock slave auction. Not once did she mention the word racism in the letter that she sent out to parents.

“Calling it cyberbullying rather than calling it racism… that is the piece that really gets under my skin,” said Mark Grubbs, father to three former Aledo ISD students, to NBC DFW. But Grubbs, along with many other Aledo parents and community members, say that the incident didn’t surprise them.

In fact, Grubbs said he had to take his children out of the Aledo ISD school system because of how much racist harassment his children were facing. “A lot of racism,” he said of his son’s experience at the school. “My son being called out of his name and what not and it got to the point he didn’t mind fighting and that didn’t sit right with me and my wife. My son was never a fighter.”

After the backlash to the initial statement, Superintendent Susan Bohn finally released a statement condemning the racism and “hatred” of the mock slave auction.

“There is no room for racism or hatred in the Aledo ISD, period,’ Bohn wrote. “Using inappropriate, offensive and racially charged language and conduct is completely unacceptable and is prohibited by district policy.”

The problem with “policies” like these is they fail to target the issue of racism at the root. Hate speech may be “prohibited”, but if a child is displaying racist behavior for whatever reason, the bigger problem is the way that they have been educated and indoctrinated. Slave auctions have no place in 2021.

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Texas Republicans Are Recruiting An ‘Army’ of Poll-Watchers To Go Into Black and Brown Precincts To ‘Fight Voter Fraud’

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Texas Republicans Are Recruiting An ‘Army’ of Poll-Watchers To Go Into Black and Brown Precincts To ‘Fight Voter Fraud’

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The GOP’S voter-suppression tactics in Georgia have been gripping the nation. But now, the media is also turning its attention to other voter-suppression tactics in the rest of the country. Now, Texas Republicans are taking the heat.

According to Common Cause Texas, Texas Republicans are planning on recruiting thousands of volunteers create an “election integrity brigade”. They want the “brigade” to go into Black and brown neighborhoods in Houston and “fight voter fraud”.

A Texas GOP presentation was leaked that outlined plans to send an “army” of poll-watchers to Black and brown precincts.

“I’m trying to encourage and recruit, as a precinct chair, about 30 people in my precinct who will have the confidence and courage to come down in here…,” said an unnamed GOP official, pointing to majority non-white urban areas, “…in these areas where we really need poll-workers. Because this is where the problem is occuring.”

“So me finding poll-watchers out here, it helps, but it’s a pretty safe precinct”. He said this while pointing to majority-white Houston neighborhoods.

The video inspired outrage among people who saw these tactics as blatant attempts to suppress the voting rights of POC.

“The impetus for releasing [the video] right now is there are some bills in the legislature that seek to empower poll watchers in some really scary ways,” said executive director of Common Cause Texas, Anthony Gutierrez, to NBC News. “And also at the same time, take away the power of the presiding judge at the poll site from being able to remove a disruptive poll watcher.”

“It’s very clear that we’re talking about recruiting people from the predominantly Anglo parts of town to go to Black and Brown neighborhoods,” said Gutierrez to The Washington Post.

“This is a role that’s supposed to do nothing but stand at a poll site and observe,” he added. Why is he suggesting someone needs to be ‘courageous’?”

This “election integrity brigade” comes on the heels of a problematic election bill the Texas Senate just passed.

According to NBC News, the bill “bans overnight early voting and drive-thru early voting” and also “empowers partisan poll watchers.”

“It’s part of the intimidation, the confusion, the antics that (the Republican Party) has engaged in for so many generations that culminated in President Trump asking people to overturn the election,” said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo to CNN.

“What they’re doing is filing bills that are essentially a poll tax that weaponize the election system against our own voters,” she continued. “And what they’re proposing is absolutely tragic and reminiscent of the worst of what we’ve seen in Texas and across the South since Reconstruction.”

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