Louisville Catholic teacher resigns amid Ebola fears – She was in Kenya and Kentucky Parents Cannot Read a Map!

How stupid can people get – Well they voted for a loser in the Senate again and are afraid that a teacher could get Ebola from more than 1,000 miles away from where it is active. They better just stay at home, since they all live within a thousand miles of Texas and two people there had it!

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.”

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The recent medical mission trip to Kenya was the fourth trip that she and her husband, Paul, a retired orthopedic surgeon, had taken with faith-based organization Kenya Relief.

Last week, Paul Sherman sent a letter to Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, complaining that “unfounded fears” of some parents and parish staff “are triumphing over truth and reason.” He said he and his wife offered to give an educational meeting about Ebola and about their medical mission trip, but they “were put off until our ‘quarantine’ is over.”

He said all the other members of the team that went to Kenya have returned to their jobs with no problems.

Steve James, founder of Kenya Relief, said he’s only had one other mission trip participant experience a negative reaction upon returning home.

“We don’t have Ebola in Kenya,” James said. He said it’s unfortunate when people making decisions “haven’t paid attention to the facts.”

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James said he knows the Shermans, and said he’s saddened that her life has been affected by Ebola fears. He said he hoped this would not deter others from wanting to help with relief efforts. “It’s unfortunate that someone with such a big heart has to suffer because of it,” he said.

Examples of heightened fears about Ebola have been seen across the United States.

Last month, a Dallas Certified Nursing Assistant claimed her employer sent her home because her daughter had visited from Kenya. A bridal shop in Akron, Ohio, closed temporarily after it learned that a nurse who was later diagnosed with Ebola had shopped there. In Jefferson County, there have been anecdotes about nervous teachers making half-serious Ebola jokes when a student from Africa enrolls at the school.

Ben Jackey, a spokesman for Jefferson County Public Schools, said the school district is “discussing prevention and response based on advice from the CDC and the local health department.” He said if a concern came up, the district would work with the health department to address any issues.

Jackey said that prevention methods are “largely the same as those for any other virus,” and said “the key will be educating our community.”

Susan Sherman has worked as a teacher for the Archdiocese of Louisville for a number of years. According to archdiocese records, she worked as a teacher from 1998 to 2004, and then on and off as a teacher and a substitute teacher in subsequent years. She had joined the school teaching staff at St. Margaret Mary this school year.

Paul Sherman said Monday that he and his wife are already scheduled to go back to Kenya next year.

 

9 thoughts on “Louisville Catholic teacher resigns amid Ebola fears – She was in Kenya and Kentucky Parents Cannot Read a Map!”

  1. How stupid people can get?
    You gotta laugh….because some people in this country board a plane for their holiday destination and have no idea where they are going or where it is on the map! I hear the Americans are even worse! Grim not Grin news….:(

    1. Red Mist is massive………….
      Have you checked out tp’s comment section in the latest post?
      Re John Bird…….I know who the commentators are…….you will get a flavour….I am aware of the ‘gringo’ have spoken to him on private messaging….he is doing his best as he supports arts(charity) in Peru…check him out on Twitter….I am surprised he has posted. Obd and FF are the same people. (nuggy could be as well)
      I posted but my hands are tied……..

    2. will go look – cannot for life of me figure why some comments are bumping over to being moderated – supposed to be once moderated always allowed??

    3. Let me know please what you think…..otherwise I shall wade in with wellies…….wellington boots to you! Up to my eyes in mud!

    4. Again… you will only understand if you read the comment I made which is being moderated…..

    5. This one: How stupid people can get?
      You gotta laugh….because some people in this country board a plane for their holiday destination and have no idea where they are going or where it is on the map! I hear the Americans are even worse! Grim not Grin news….:(

      My response is that it must be an Anglo thing for both our folks to be so dim.

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