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A group of New West Charter School students showed up to their school in Los Angeles in January, hoping their negative COVID-19 tests would suffice against the new vaccine mandate.
Unvaccinated students and their parents had been negotiating against the school’s vaccine mandate since October, when the school announced it would go into effect in January.
“When they showed up at school around 7:30 a.m., they sailed through the first checkpoint, run by two newly hired security guards who were satisfied with the girls’ proof of negative test conducted in the last 24 hours,” Reason reports.
“It was the second checkpoint, run by school administrators demanding proof of vaccination, that created trouble for the teens. Several hours later, after tense negotiations between administrators, teens, and their parents, the school called Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to the scene, and cordoned the teens off, denying them chairs and bathroom breaks, according to the girls.”
So totally reasonable stuff here.
Ellah Nahum, 15, who contracted the virus in December 2020, told the outlet that she’s unvaccinated for several reasons. First, her Jewish faith teaches her to have reservations about putting foreign substances in her body. She also claims that a few of her friends suffered “bizarre side effects” after getting the vaccine, including serious disruptions to their menstrual cycle.
“The big thing that’s been going around is that I’m an anti-vaxxer, and that’s not the case,” Nahum says.
Reason asked the school why the weekly testing regime is no longer acceptable and whether proof of natural immunity would be sufficient for entrance. New West Charter didn’t bother to respond.
Of course it didn’t respond. The school’s mandate and response are not sane. COVID-19, particularly the new Omicron variant, poses minimal risk to young people.
Moreover, a San Diego County Superior Court has previously said that individual school districts cannot legally impose such vaccine mandates, that only state legislatures can. So unnamed students filed a lawsuit against New West Charter on January 18, alleging that vaccine mandates are in violation of California law.