In my opinion, this is just another example of how the educational systems in this country have suffered when it comes to deciding where funds should be spent... If there were more money in the Philadelphia School District, there would probably have been a full-time nurse, or at least one there more than two days a week! Laporshia Massey would have been able to use her inhaler as necessary, and would not have felt that she couldn't go to the administration and tell them how she was feeling. This child's death could have been avoided; perhaps if the school staff had been trained about asthma (and other illnesses that children suffer) and given options on what to do in those cases. One of the staff could have contacted the parents and demanded that the child be removed from school if they had training and could recognize the distress she was in. It's just sad that budgets have been cut to this point, to the point where children are dying because they are not allowed to use the medication that has been prescribed for them.
Wednesday, Sept 3, 2014 • Updated at 10:59 PM EDT