OMG, we’re all going to die! Keep repeating that to yourself until you actually did. The Ebola hysteria sweeping America has reached truly absurd proportions in Maine, where a school has suspended a teacher for 21 days because she attended a conference in the same city, Dallas, as someone who got the disease.
A teacher at Strong Elementary School was placed on a 21-day paid leave of absence after parents told the school board they were concerned that she might have been exposed to Ebola during a trip to Dallas for an educational conference.
The teacher, who was not named, attended a seminar held by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium that is still meeting in Dallas.
“At this time, we have no information to suggest that this staff member has been in contact with anyone who has been exposed to Ebola,” the district wrote in a statement published on its website. “However, the district and the staff member understand the parents’ concerns. Therefore, after several discussions with the staff member, out of an abundance of caution, this staff member has been placed on a paid leave of absence for up to 21 days.”…The decision to place the teacher on leave was made by the MSAD 58 school board Thursday evening, after parents and community members expressed frustration that they were not notified that the teacher would be traveling to Dallas, where the nation’s first Ebola case was diagnosed.
Those parents and community members really should have been told to turn on their fucking brains. Why stop at the same city? Why not anyone who has traveled to the entire state of Texas? In Mississippi, a bunch of parents pulled their kids from school because the principal went to a wedding in Zambia. That’s nowhere remotely near the Ebola problem, it’s literally thousands of miles away. I think it’s time to remove “home of the brave” from the national anthem. We are the furthest thing from brave, we are cowards who shit our pants any time we’re told to fear something, anything.