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Catholic school teacher resigns after harassment from Ebola-fearing parents

A Kentucky Catholic teacher has resigned rather than submit to a paid 21-day leave – all because she recently returned from a trip to Kenya which is separated from the Ebola outbreak by at least five countries.

At St. Margaret Mary Catholic School in Louisville, Kentucky, a teacher has resigned rather than submit to a paid 21-day leave – all because she recently returned from a trip to Kenya which is separated from the Ebola outbreak by at least five countries.

The school’s request was a reaction to “strong parent concerns” about Susan Sherman exposing students to Ebola.

Rather than capitulate to the unnecessary order, Sherman , who teaches religion to 7th and 8th graders, chose to resign.

Her husband, Paul Sherman, sent a letter to the Archdiocese of Louisville, complaining that the “unfounded fears” of some parents and staffers were “triumphing over truth and reason.” He even offered to hold a meeting about their work in Africa and how Ebola is spread, but they “were put off” until the quarantine was supposed to end.

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The cases of Ebola in Kenya have been exactly zero. Even the archdiocese in a statement regarding Sherman’s trip, acknowledged that the Kenyan village where Sherman was working is “in Eastern Africa, thousands of miles from West Africa, where the main outbreak of the virus is located.”

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26 Comments

  1. jeb

    November 7, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    The same idiot parents who won’t vaccinate their childred because they think it causes autism. What a crock of crap.

  2. Glen R.Reed

    November 8, 2014 at 12:54 am

    It was only a “21 day paid leave” because they were forcing her to take all her sick days and some vacation pay .

  3. Omar Spence

    November 8, 2014 at 1:31 am

    It seems safe to say this is a new Age of American Ignorance. Between foolishness like this, fear driven quarantine policies with no basis in science, the hijacking of state boards of education by conservatives hellbent on sending science education back to the 11th century and the mid term election results this past week, it is safe to say that intelligent thought is critically endangered in the US.

  4. thegreenqueen9

    November 8, 2014 at 4:18 am

    21 Day paid leave? Pffft… sign me up to go back again next month. 😛

  5. Derek

    November 8, 2014 at 8:03 am

    I agree with Omar.

  6. Eric johnson

    November 8, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Well said Omar Spence

  7. Sarah Noggle

    November 8, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I know it’s a Catholic school and all, but maybe they should spend a little more time teaching Geography and Science and a little less time teaching Religion…

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