Milford schools sued over Ebola concern

A Milford father is suing his daughter's school district and the city, alleging Ebola discrimination. Stephen Opayemi says his daughter, who is in the third grade at Meadowside Elementary School, is

News 12 Staff

Oct 30, 2014, 1:36 AM

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A Milford father is suing his daughter's school district and the city, alleging Ebola discrimination.
Stephen Opayemi says his daughter, who is in the third grade at Meadowside Elementary School, is barred from school until Nov. 3 because she attended a wedding in Nigeria. Nigeria is not one of the three West African countries stricken with widespread Ebola.
The lawsuit says the city's health director told the family she could not return to her school due to concerns from parents and teachers that she could infect the other children with Ebola. She was allegedly told to "remain at home until the climate changes and the rumors at her school stop."
The family's lawyer Gary Phelan says the girl was examined by her pediatrician and has no symptoms of Ebola. They are seeking $250,000 in damages under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Milford Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fesser defended the school's decision, saying, "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."
The girl will return to school on Monday. She has not been quarantined and the school has given her a tutor for the time being.


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