New Castle News

Shenango

October 20, 2013

School employees rescue choking girl

NEW CASTLE — Two Shenango school district employees are credited with saving a student from choking in the cafeteria.

Brian Cooper, a seventh-grade teacher, and David Tyler, school security officer, ran to the aid of 12-year-old Kaelyn LaScola Thursday after being alerted by another student that she was choking, according to superintendent Michael Schreck.

He said the junior high student was eating lunch when she started to choke.

“I was at lunch and I was eating a meatball sub and there was really thick cheese on it,” Kaelyn said Friday afternoon as she recounted her ordeal. “When I went to swallow it, it got stuck in my throat and I couldn’t get it out because it kept getting stuck to the wire on my braces.”

Her cousin, Bella Cassano, and her two good friends, Annalise Cook and Melina Mangino, were having lunch with her and saw her choking. They ran and told Cooper, a lunch monitor, and he alerted Tyler.

The cafeteria has radios to call the school nurse, so Cooper immediately summoned the nurse, Schreck explained.

They asked the girl if she could breathe and she shook her head no. Tyler then performed the Heimlich maneuver, which dislodged the piece of food, Schreck said.

She was still choking, but she was able to breathe after that, Schreck said.

“The security guard got some of it out for me,” Kaelyn said, “and he told me to go to the bathroom and try to get the rest out.”

Her parents were called and her grandmother took her to the hospital as a precaution.

Schreck credited the two employees for their quick response and actions.

Kaelyn’s mother, Brianne LaScola, said Friday she is grateful the district’s employees have Heimlich training.

LaScola, who is in nursing school, was working when she got a call that something had happened at the school and learned Kaelyn had choked.

“She said the security guard came over and gave her the Heimlich maneuver.”

LaScola said the hospital did a chest X-ray on her daughter.

“She’s a little sore from the Heimlich, but there were no broken bones.”

“I’m very pleased,” LaScola said of the school district’s responses. “Being in nursing school, I know how to react, but for people who are not, it’s awesome they are trained to know how to do it. My mother-in-law actually called the school and thanked the nurse today on the phone.”

“When the security guard performed the Heimlich, it hurt,” Kaelyn said, adding, “I was scared and I was crying.”

“I’m a little sore in my torso and throat today, but other than that I’m fine. I’m grateful that they were there.”

(Email: dwachter@ncnewsonline.com)

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Shenango
  • Shenango updates student handbooks

    July 18, 2014

  • money.jpg County probing Shenango Township finances

    The Lawrence County district attorney’s office is investigating the possible theft of nearly a half-million dollars from Shenango Township.

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • money.jpg Shenango adopts budget with no tax increase

    The Shenango school board adopted a budget with no tax hike but with pay raises for some administrators. The $16,447,678 budget for the 2014-15 school year is $627,886 higher than the current year’s plan.

    June 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Perfect.jpg Your Education: Shenango grad never missed a day

    They say nobody’s perfect. But for 13 years, Jenna DiGiammarino certainly was. When Jenna left last night’s commencement ceremonies at Shenango High School, she did so not only with a diploma in hand, but also with a flawless record of attendance dating back to Day One of kindergarten.

    June 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • Westbay.tiff Athlete of the Week: Meet Shenango's Dom Westbay

    Dom Westbay is living proof that hard work does pay dividends. The Shenango High track and field standout turned himself into a WPIAL shot put champion in his second year in the sport.

    May 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Thompson.tiff Chris Thompson returns to coach at Shenango

    The Shenango High cross country coaching torch is being passed back to Chris Thompson. Thompson was hired to succeed his younger brother, Phil Thompson, who resigned to take over as men’s and women’s track and field coach at Geneva College.

    May 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • money.jpg Shenango proposes budget with no tax hike

    The Shenango school board has introduced a $16.4 million budget that requires no tax increase. The $16,447,678 spending plan for the 2014-15 school year is $627,886 higher than the current year’s budget.

    May 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Shenango fills teaching posts

    The Shenango school board has filled two teaching positions.Janelle Cassano of New Castle was hired as an elementary teacher at a salary of $54,839.

    May 14, 2014

  • joshua klein.jpeg Shenango student charged with having weapons on school grounds

    A Shenango High student accused of blowing up mailboxes is facing more charges for allegedly having weapons on school grounds.

    May 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kendall.tiff Athlete of the Week: Meet Evan Kendall of Shenango

    Evan Kendall isn’t your typical high school baseball player. The Shenango High pitcher and third baseman actually enjoys learning and working tirelessly to improve his craft.

    May 7, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads
Poll

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 fell from the sky in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Thursday, killing all 298 people aboard. Many are speculating that Russian rebels (supported by Vladimir Putin) are responsible for downing the aircraft. What do you think?

Yes. All evidence points that way.
No. Everyone is so quick to point fingers, but there's not enough evidence to support claims of Russian guilt.
I'm not sure. I'll just wait until the investigation is over to make up my mind.
What is up with these Malaysian Airlines planes? I know one airline I won't be flying any time soon...
     View Results