A 7-year-old Nigerian-American girl will be returning to school on Friday 31st October after being banned over Ebola fears by the Milford School District in Connecticut. Ikeoluwa Opayemi who had travelled to Nigeria with her father in early October for a wedding was banned by school authorities even though she wasn’t exhibiting any Ebola symptoms.
Milford’s superintendent Elizabeth Feser issued a statement denying allegations that it had acted improperly.
“In addressing this situation, at all times, my staff and I proceeded in good faith to respond to this public health issue. We acted in the best interest of all of our students and staff,” Feser’s statement read, according to Fox CT News.
However the school has rescinded their stand and asked her to return to school after her father, Stephen Opayemi filed a lawsuit against the school system on October 28th, 2014 and her pediatrician certified her clear of Ebola.
According to court paperwork, Milford’s superintendent said if Opayemi’s daughter went to class, “…she would order her to be removed from the school by police.”
The Ebola outbreak, which began in March 2014, has killed close to 5,000 people, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Nigeria has been declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization, and has not reported an infection in over 50 days.
Source : FOX CT News
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