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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.”

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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

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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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Former Texas State Senate Candidate Says She Was ‘Tortured’ in a Hotel Room After a Violent Ambush

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Former Texas State Senate Candidate Says She Was ‘Tortured’ in a Hotel Room After a Violent Ambush

Photo: Vanessa Tijerina/Facebook

Texas police are currently trying to get to the bottom of a disturbing incident that happened in Raymondville on Monday.

Former Republican candidate for Texas state Senate, Vanessa Tijerina, posted a shocking 10-minute Facebook Live video detailing the brutal assault she experienced in a nearby hotel on Monday.

Tijerina appeared in the video with her face looking unrecognizable. She had two black eyes–both of which were swollen almost completely shut.

Her face was covered in bruises. Her speech was impaired from how much swelling she was experiencing. It looked–to be blunt–like she had been beaten to a pulp.

Through tears, Tijerina explained to her followers that she was lured to a hotel room by some unnamed assailants who led her to believe they had “something really really really important” to tell her that they couldn’t tell her over the phone.

But once she was alone in the hotel room, the assailants “gagged, bound [and] tortured” her.

“I was beaten. I was terrorized, bound, gagged, tortured,” she said in the Facebook Live video.

“I never fought back because I knew that if I fought back, it would’ve been worse and I probably wasn’t going to survive. And I needed to survive for my daughters.”

Although a motive for the assault hasn’t yet been established, Tijerina is a relatively high-profile figure in Texas’s Raymondville community. She is active on social media and regularly goes on Facebook live to engage with her followers and supporters. And with her high profile comes a litany of critics and haters who have created troll accounts with the express purpose of smearing her.

Despite all this, Tijerina refutes the rumors that she “did something” to motivate the beating.

“There was nothing that I did that made this okay for this to happen to me,” she said. Tijerina began to get increasingly more emotional as she talked about her children and the fact that she was not able to give her children the toys she bought them for Christmas.

So far, Raymondville police have arrested three suspects in connection to the assault: Amanda Salinas, Ariel Jamie Vela and Ramon Donato Santana Jr. As for who was on the phone giving orders at the time of the assault, police are still looking for answers.

As of this writing, the police have not yet publicly revealed a motive. But since her attack, Tijerina has again taken to her Facebook page to assert that the assault was “100% motivated by hate.”

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4-Year-Old is Rescued By First Responders After Being Trapped in a Well For 6 Hours; ‘It’s a Christmas Miracle’

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4-Year-Old is Rescued By First Responders After Being Trapped in a Well For 6 Hours; ‘It’s a Christmas Miracle’

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On December 8th, a 4-year-old boy in Garceño, Texas was rescued from an 8-inch wide well after accidentally falling into it. According to the authorities in Mission, Texas, the boy was rescued by first responders who worked tirelessly over a six hour period to dig the boy out.

According to reports, the authorities responded to an emergency call at 4:40 p.m that explained that the 4-year-old had fallen down a well at a ranch property in Garceño.

The stunning rescue was captured on video for the world to see.

“So proud of our Mission firefighters & all 1st responders that rescued the child after 6 long hrs,” the City of Mission wrote on Twitter. “Pit was only 8-10 inches in diameter. It’s a Christmas miracle!”

The video shows the final moments of the rescue. Onlookers applauded as first responders lifted the boy out of the hole.

Authorities reported that the boy was flown to hospital to undergo testing after his harrowing ordeal. He is reportedly in stable condition.

The day after the boy’s rescue, Sheriff Rene “Orta” Fuentes took to Facebook to express his gratitude to the Starr County community, naming every first responder who had a hand in rescuing the unnamed boy.

“Last night proved to be a testament of our community and neighboring communities’ unity and sincere concern for each other,” wrote Sheriff Fuentes. “Through prayers and actions from everyone involved a little boy lives today.”

The city of Mission also tweeted out videos and photos, calling the rescue a “Christmas Miracle”.

According to Robert Alvarez, the assistant fire chief of the town’s Fire Department, a crew trained in “trench rescues” was sent to the scene.

According to local authorities, the rescue team dug a hole in the ground parallel to where the boy was trapped. When the second hole was deep enough, the team chiseled away at the ground until they were able to break through the wall of where the boy was trapped.

Throughout the entire ordeal, Alvarez says that the child’s welfare was of the utmost priority. “The biggest thing that we were trying to make sure was that the operation was done safely,” he told USA Today.

This is a happy ending to an ordeal that could have ended in tragedy. We’re happy that this little boy and his family are able to celebrate the holidays together, safe and sound.

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