Judge sparks outrage after refusing to let 44 unvaccinated kids back into school owing to 'unprecedented measles outbreak'
A federal judge in upstate New York issued the ruling on Tuesday after parents of 44 unvaccinated students at Green Meadow Waldorf School had sued the county health department
A federal judge has denied a request to let 44 unvaccinated children return to school citing an "unprecedented measles outbreak" in suburban Rockland County, New York.
Parents of students in the Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge were enraged after they were told in December that their children would not be allowed to enter the school premises, leading to a lawsuit against the county health department, according to a Daily Mail report.
According to the parents, none of the school's excluded students have contracted measles despite the outbreak in the county which started last year. The disease has mostly broken out within the Orthodox Jewish community in Spring Valley, Monsey, and New Square.
One parent of a four-year-old preschooler spoke to Journal News on condition of anonymity. "Preventing my child from being with his class, his teacher, his classroom, has had a significant social and psychological impact," she said. "He is confused, given his young age, about why he isn't allowed on his campus."
A lawyer for the parents, Michael Sussman, criticized the judge's decision to deny a temporary injunction that would have allowed the children back in classes.
The judge's decision to deny a temporary injunction that would have allowed the children back in school has been widely criticized. On the other hand, pediatric organizations expressed support for state legislation on the same day, which would allow minors to get vaccinated without requiring consent from their parents.
Almost half of US counties have a vaccination rate lower than the level needed to prevent a measles outbreak https://t.co/QcCh4zaXO2— The Economist (@TheEconomist) March 8, 2019
According to the legislation's Democratic sponsors, quite a few parents believe that vaccines are unsafe based on "unsupported online claims".
The number of people infected during the outbreak has reached a whopping 145 since October 2018. While state officials are frantically trying to contain the situation, the shocking outbreak has led to schools imposing rules that it is mandatory for students to be vaccinated against the disease.