Here we have yet another example of the idiotic fears of schools and parents demanding that someone who visited Africa but came nowhere near the nations that are dealing with Ebola take a leave of absence. A teacher at a Catholic school in Louisville resigned rather than comply with such ignorant paranoia.
A teacher at St. Margaret Mary Catholic School who had recently returned from a mission trip to Kenya has resigned amidst swirling frustration and fears about Ebola.
Susan Sherman was not immediately available Monday to comment on her resignation.
Cecilia Hart Price, chief communications officer for the Archdiocese of Louisville, confirmed that Sherman resigned and that St. Margaret Mary’s principal has already begun the process to try to fill the teaching position.
The school, on Shelbyville Road, had asked Sherman to take a paid “precautionary leave” of absence of 21 days upon her return from her trip after “strong parent concerns” about Ebola. It also asked Sherman, who is a registered nurse, to provide a doctor’s note stating she was in good health.There have been no reported cases of Ebola in Kenya. Indeed, the archdiocese, in a statement released last month regarding Sherman’s trip, noted that the Kenyan village where Sherman was working — the remote village of Migori — is “in Eastern Africa, thousands of miles from West Africa, where the main outbreak of the virus is located.”
So they know the demand for a leave of absence is absurd but they demanded it anyway. Kenya is as far away from the areas affected by Ebola as Louisville is from Alaska, for crying out loud. Again I ask: When are we going to stop pandering to the dumbest people among us? When are we going to start saying, “No, you’re stupid. Shut up and go away”?