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DELTONA, Fla. -- A Volusia County mother wants her son's school nurse off the job and arrested.
Parent Susan Rudi said other children are in danger if the nurse stays on her post, but according to school officials, the nurse did the right thing.
Lawyer Mark Lippman, who represents George and Cindy Anthony, was hired Thursday to represent Michael Rudi, 17, a Deltona High School senior whose inhaler was taken away Friday after a backpack search. The nurse, Shamhia Johnson, an LPN, said Rudi's mother did not sign the proper paperwork for him to carry the albuterol inhaler
. The teen said the nurse wouldn't give the inhaler to him even when he had an attack.
"If this isn't a clear case of child abuse, (we're) not sure why this nurse is still working for the school board," Lippman said. "My ultimate goal is to make sure this doesn’t happen again."
Lippman said he plans to file a lawsuit against the school, the school board and the nurse for denying the teen his medication and for not calling 911. "The student was obviously upset because we had taken the medication from him. The nurse felt he was becoming a little bit aggressive, and she felt threatened, so she closed her door. The administrator took the student into his office and kept him there until mom was at the school,
" said Nancy Wait, spokeswoman of the Volusia County Schools.
"This is absolute disregard for human life. How can you watch a human being suffocated and do nothing?" said Susan Rudi.
"The way it's being portrayed is not how it happened," Wait said. "The student was never in a full-blown asthma attack. The administrator and the school nurse, who is a licensed practical nurse, were both watching the student, and at no time did they determine that an ambulance needed to be called for this student. She followed protocol. It’s not only the schools district's policy to administer medication without the proper paperwork, it's a state law."
The attorney said the law needs to be changed.