Jerome Kunkel, a student at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Assumption Academy, began displaying signs of the childhood malady last week.
In an ironic twist of events, a Kentucky teenager who was banned from his school for refusing a chickenpox vaccine due to his 'religious beliefs' has come down with the common childhood sickness, according to the young man's attorney.
Ich bin nicht schadenfroh, ich bin nicht schadenfroh.— Butterblumenland (@andersbunt) May 9, 2019
Doch, ich bin schadenfroh. Karma und so.
Unvaccinated teen Jerome Kunkel, who sued after he was banned from school during chickenpox, outbreak now has the virus, lawyer says - CBS News https://t.co/FNv8HatQ8o
Jerome Kunkel, a student at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Assumption Academy, began displaying signs of the childhood malady last week. The northern Kentucky teenager told NBC News that he hopes to recover by next week. 18-year-olf Kunke and his family still have no regrets about their decision not to be vaccinated.
Unvaccinated Teen Who Sued After Being Banned From School Contracts Chickenpox -— effinfun (@effinfun) May 8, 2019
A Kentucky teenager who filed a lawsuit after being banned from school activities for refusing to get the chickenpox vaccine has contracted the disease, his attorney said.
Jerome Kunkel, 18, whos... pic.twitter.com/HefvL45skY
As per the family's attorney Christopher Wiest, the whole family decided against the vaccination as it interfered with their religious beliefs. "These are deeply held religious beliefs, they're sincerely held beliefs," he said. "From their perspective, they always recognized they were running the risk of getting it, and they were OK with it."
Naturally immune for life and still alive. No poisons and now they can't bother him anymore about that vaccine anyway. Done and over with. Quote from article: " Jerome Kunkel, a student at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Assumption... https://t.co/2KuEZnFqbN— Reading Enrichment (@withTonyandLisa) May 9, 2019
After a chickenpox outbreak was reported at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Assumption Academy in March, state health officials passed an order to keep unvaccinated students off-campus. Kunkel unsuccessfully challenged the ban in court.
Meet Jerome Kunkel (18), who took legal action against his school Our Lady of the Sacred Heart/Assumption Academy in Walton, Kentucky after he was banned for refusing the chickenpox vaccination now has the virus, his lawyer Christopher Weis says. pic.twitter.com/5F0bmugk42— Parthiban Shanmugam (@hollywoodcurry) May 8, 2019
Now since he came down with the childhood malady, Kunkel said that he's just looking towards his recovery and his life getting back to normal. Lawyer Christopher Wiest stood by his opinion that had the state health officials not intervened, his client would have contracted chickenpox earlier this year. "The ban was stupid. He could have contracted this in March and been back to school by now," said the lawyer.
Jerome Kunkel came down with chickenpox last week, nearly two months after health officials restricted students without immunity at his school.— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) May 9, 2019
However, state officials feel that Weist is underplaying the dangers of chickenpox. "Encouraging the spread of [acute infectious diseases] in a community demonstrates a callous disregard for the health and safety of friends, family, neighbors and unsuspecting members of the general public," they said in a statement.
Many ultra-conservative Catholics are opposed to the chickenpox vaccination due to the fact that it was developed in the 1960s from the cell lines of two aborted fetuses.