A high school senior and his family fought the school board’s decison to ban unvaccinated students until they were immunized. The student’s father claimed his religious belief stopped them from vaccinating their child. The student’s family ended up suing the school board, only to now annonce yhsy their son has chickenpox.
Jerome Kunkel, an 18-year-old student at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Assumption Academy in Kentucky, was angered by a letter all parents received in Febuary, which detailed a new ban across the school district on non-vaccinated students.
Kunkel wasn’t upset that he would be missing school. He was upset becuase he would be missing some basketball games during his senior year.
“The fact that I can’t finish my senior year in basketball, like, our last couple of games, it’s pretty devastating,” Kunkel told NBC News. “I mean, you go through four years of high school playing basketball, you look forward to your senior year.”
One month after receiving the letter in the mail, the Kunkels announced they would be taking legal action against the Kentucky Health Department. Jerome’s father, Bill, explained that his Catholic faith stopped them from vaccinating Jerome.
“The use of any vaccine that is derived from aborted fetal cells is immoral, illegal, and sinful,” the family stated in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit is puzzling as Vice News and other outlets have reported that fetal cells have not be used in vaccines for over three generations. What’s additonally puzzling is that the Catholic church has often been seen encouraging parents to vaccinated their children from preventable diseases, VT reported.
Christopher Wiest, the family’s attorney, announced Wedesnday that Jerome has now contracted chickenpox, but the family has no regrets that they chose not to vaccinate their son.
“These are deeply held religious beliefs, they’re sincerely held beliefs,” Wiest said. “From their perspective, they always recognized they were running the risk of getting it, and they were OK with it.”
“The ban was stupid,” Wiest added. “He could have contracted this in March and been back to school by now.”