Two elementary school children are being kept from attending Howard Yocum Elementary School in New Jersey because they recently moved to the U.S. from Rwanda, prompting Ebola fears from other parents — even though Rwanda is 2,600 miles from the west African region afflicted by the Ebola outbreak.
The school informed teachers of the two children who were set to start school today, but word got out and parents objected. The family has “elected” to keep their children home for the twenty-one day potential incubation period.
As Fox 29 pointed out, Rwanda is as far from the Ebola outbreak as Seattle is from Philadelphia. That didn’t stop the parents of Yocum Elementary from saying the following on record:
“I don’t feel comfortable sending my daughter to school with people who could be infected with Ebola.”
“Really concerns me. I don’t want to keep my boy out of school.”
“Tell us when we come into the door. Don’t smile in my face and have a secret like that.”
“Anybody from that area should just stay there until all this stuff is resolved. There’s nobody affected here; let’s just keep it that way.”
“I think for another couple weeks. I don’t think it would hurt, I mean you have a lot of children that are involved, so I don’t think it would hurt.”
Watch the clip below, via Fox 29:
[h/t Fox 29]
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