Kentucky Teacher Resigns Over Parents’ Dumb Ebola Fears

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A teacher at St. Margaret Mary Catholic School in Louisville, Kentucky, who recently returned from a medical mission trip to Africa has resigned rather than submitting to a paid 21-day leave and producing a doctor’s note that says she is in good health. The school’s request was a reaction to “strong parent concerns” about Susan Sherman exposing students to Ebola — though she was in Kenya, which is separated from the Ebola outbreak by at least five countries.

Sherman, who is a registered nurse, has traveled to Kenya four times with her husband, Paul, a retired orthopedic surgeon. Last week Paul Sherman sent a letter to the Archdiocese of Louisville, complaining that the “unfounded fears” of some parents and staffers were “triumphing over truth and reason.” Sherman added that he and his wife had offered to hold an informational meeting about their work in Africa and how one goes about catching Ebola, but they “were put off until our ‘quarantine’ is over.”