Teacher Resigns Over Idiotic Ebola Fears

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”?

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  • Larry

    Quarantines will now be mandatory for people traveling through states that border Kentucky whose destination is any non-border states.

    Not for Ebola mind you, that would be silly. Rather, the possibility that KY derp may have infected those who have passed near the borders.

  • raven

    …who is a registered nurse, to provide a doctor’s note stating she was in good health.

    and just what good is that going to do?

    She isn’t sick. She hasn’t been exposed to Ebola. There is no point in taking a blood sample and sending it to the CDC for testing. Most a doc would do is take her temperature and say it is normal.

  • Jared James

    For at least the last twenty years, we have preferred to put the children in charge when they yelled and stamped their feet loud enough, rather than telling them to hush and listen while the grownups were speaking.

    Thanks, Newt. I hope Mama Gingrich is real proud of you.

  • Reginald Selkirk
  • raven

    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”?

    True.

    They should have just called a meeting of those “concerned parents”, which most likely is just a few. This is a teachable moment!!!

    Get a map out. The earth is big!!! and round!!! Africa is a continent. Kenya is on the opposite coast, 3,500 miles away from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Ebola is a virus, not a supersonic bird.

    The current focal point for the American Ebola outbreak is Dallas, Texas. Block the border and don’t issue them any visas. The other one is NYC. Do the same. The number of active Ebola cases in the USA is…one and he is getting over it.

    This teacher, who was the Catholic school’s religion teacher and on a Catholic mission, just resigned. I’m guessing she decided that if they were that stupid, she probably didn’t want to work there.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Get a map out… The current focal point for the American Ebola outbreak is Dallas, Texas.

    Indeed. Review the distance between Kenya and western Africa, and compare to the distance between Louisville and Dallas.

  • The Other Lance

    @Reginald Selkirk Sadly, that article doesn’t say anything about the school giving her her job back. Idiots.

  • Artor

    …St. Margaret Mary’s principal has already begun the process to try to fill the teaching position.

    Applicants must display zero knowledge of geography or germ theory.

  • Chiroptera

    As some have noted, education institutions have a greater responsibility to not cave in to unfounded fears and to make an attempt to educate the public.

    Reginald Selkirk, #6: Indeed. Review the distance between Kenya and western Africa, and compare to the distance between Louisville and Dallas.

    Since the US has now had confirmed cases of Ebola, maybe the other nations of the world should start banning direct flights to and from the US and to put people who have visited the US in mandatory quarantine.

  • grumpyoldfart

    Catholics have had a lot of experience at witch-hunting.

  • illdoittomorrow

    She’s a teacher and an RN. If anything that indicates she has a lot of highly portable job skills- hopefully she’s able to move far away from these shitwits for her next job.

    Though not to Texas! Cuz then she’d definitely get ebola, obvs.

    P.S.- back when I entertained thoughts of going into teaching, one of the strikes against it (apart from the fact that I could fuck up giving someone directions to the end of the block, let alone teach) was dealing with the minority of parents who made it to adulthood without functioning brain cells.

  • John Pieret

    To quote the mother of a famous philosopher: “Stupid is as stupid does.”

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    NO YOURE THE STUPID ONES!!! CAN WE REALLY TAKE A CHANCE?!!! ITS JUST “GERM THEORY” NOT “GERM LAW”!!! YES THE ONLY THING WE HAVE TO FEAR IS FEAR ITSELF BUT WHAT IF FEAR HAS EBOLA?!!!

  • Reginald Selkirk

    More details:

    Former St. Margaret Mary teacher: ‘resignation had nothing to do with Kenya or Ebola’

    However, Sherman’s husband, Dr. Paul Sherman, said Wednesday the letter sent home to parents is inaccurate and said while the school has apologized for some the problems that developed, “at no time have they accepted their role in creating the problems.”

    “They sent this letter without our knowledge or permission,” Dr. Sherman said. “I believe St. Margaret Mary does not regret my wife’s resignation. They regret the problems that have resulted because of it. I also believe they want this to just go away, but I don’t think it will go quickly or easily.”

    Sherman said Wednesday his wife did not resign “in light of the poor communication and all that transpired.”

    “She resigned because she felt she could not trust the administration to treat her with the respect and support she deserves as a member of their teaching staff,” he said. “That is the only reason for her resignation. I want to make that clear. In her opinion, she does not trust the administration to have her or the teaching staff’s best interests at heart.”

  • D. C. Sessions

    The good people of Kentucky just re-elected a Senator who promised that he would repeal Obamacare but that doing so would not affect all of the parts that the people of KY like.

    Need I say more?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    D. C. Sessions “The good people of Kentucky just re-elected a Senator who promised that he would repeal Obamacare but that doing so would not affect all of the parts that the people of KY like.”

    It makes perfect sense. They want most of it, but not the things that pay for it. It’s a little thing called “Fiscal Responsibility”. If you Liberal Leftists followed Our Example, this country would be in much better shape. Plus, everything would be free (You Moochers like free don’t you?) and</i. we could blame you for the ensuing deficit. it's win-win.

  • Nick Gotts

    Since there have been a few cases of ebola in the USA, the Kenyans she was working with would have had more justification for telling her not to come to work, when she flew in from an ebola-affected country, than the Louisville school.

  • http://tierra-de-antilopes.blogspot.com.ar/ tierra de antilopes

    What else could we expect oter than evil coming from Obama’s birthplace…

  • bbgunn

    Courtesy of Reginald Selkirk at 14:

    Sherman said Wednesday his wife did not resign “in light of the poor communication and all that transpired.”

    “She resigned because she felt she could not trust the administration to treat her with the respect and support she deserves as a member of their teaching staff,” he said. “That is the only reason for her resignation. I want to make that clear. In her opinion, she does not trust the administration to have her or the teaching staff’s best interests at heart.”

    In other words, she assumed (incorrectly) the administration had her back for something other than than a knife.

  • caseloweraz

    The Other Lance: Sadly, that article doesn’t say anything about the school giving her her job back.

    This assumes she would want her job back. It may be that this latest betrayal was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. Too many school administrations have a habit of siding with disgruntled parents over their teaching staff.

    Edward Luce tells the story of a very capable former teacher named Randy deVelbiss. “I left teaching because I couldn’t stand it any more,” [deVelbiss] said. “If I failed a child, the parents always complained. If I reprimanded a child, the school would threaten disciplinary action. I figured out there are better things I could do with my life.” See p. 97 of Luce’s recent book Time to Start Thinking.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    It really says a lot about America today when Rand Paul — an “ophthalmologist” who invented his own self-certifying board — further pretended to be a disease-control expert and flat-out lied about the danger of Ebola…and NO ONE stood up and called him out on it. That alone proves the Republicans are utterly unfit to govern.