Two children from Rwanda were supposed to start Howard Yocum Elementary School in Maple Shade, New Jersey, today, but have to sit out school for 21 days due to the unfounded paranoid fears of other kids' parents.
The school originally told teachers in a letter that it would take the temperature of the children three times a day for the next 21 days, even though there is no evidence the kids have been exposed to Ebola, noted Mediaite.com (video below).
That letter somehow made its way to parents who are furious over the symptom-free kids coming to school. The parents seemed to be ignorant of the fact that Rwanda is 2600 miles away from Liberia where the Ebola outbreak occurred.
"Tell us when we come into the door. Don't smile in my face and have a secret like that,” parent Kristina Dickerson told My Fox Philly.
"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,” added parent John Povlow.
"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," stated parent Billy Dennison.
The Rwanda children's parents have agreed to keep the kids home for 21 days to soothe the paranoid fears of other parents.
According to the school's website: "This area of Africa has been unaffected by the Ebola virus. Despite the fact that the students are symptom-free and not from an affected area, the parents have elected to keep their children home past the 21 day waiting period. The family is looking forward to joining the Maple Shade Schools the following week.”