A veteran St. Louis newscaster announced on Facebook she has been dismissed from her job after being forced to comply with what she viewed as onerous and unbearable rules after being granted a religious exemption from taking a COVID-19 vaccine.
In her social media post, Kim St. Onge explained that her “nearly 10-year career in TV news is over,” adding that she “didn’t quit” and that her “contract wasn’t up.”
“I was let go over the vaccine mandate. Here’s what happened,” she wrote.
“My religious exemption was approved only after getting a letter from my pastor at my church,” St. Onge continued, adding that the company that owns KMOV, Meredith Corporation, laid out a series of policies she would need to follow in order to justify the waiver.
Those rules included wearing “an N95 mask at all times,” twice-weekly coronavirus testing “and take a time-stamped picture of the negative tests,” and, “when there’s an on-site meeting I must be onsight, but attend virtually…AKA sit in another room.”
St. Onge said it was the last condition that caused her to draw a line because, to her, it “proves this is not just about health.”
“So, I’m testing TWICE weekly and wearing an N95 mask, but can’t sit in the same room as my vaccinated colleagues who we now know can not only get Covid, but still pass it to others?” she wrote, adding that she was dismissed from her position after informing her union representative she wouldn’t agree to the conditions set forth in the company’s policies.
Furthermore, she noted she “turned down a non-disclosure agreement worth several thousand dollars to not be silenced.”
“Some of you will staunchly disagree with my decision. I understand some of you may even feel personally offended by my choice,” the newscaster wrote. “But this is too big to stay quiet.”
St. Onge went on to suggest that “our freedoms are being stripped away,” noting that they are “freedoms our parents, grandparents, and so many others fought for.” She went on to point out that occupations thought heroic during the early months of the pandemic are no longer being thought of as such if those working in them are against taking a vaccine.
“Many people, including doctors and nurses who were hailed heroes in 2020, are now among the unemployed. I refuse to stand for a company dictating medical decisions for its employees, especially when it comes to an experimental vaccine,” St. Onge continued.
She also wrote that she would like her future children “to know their mom stood up for her beliefs, her morals, even though it cost their mom her job.”
“To all of you — thank you for welcoming me into your homes. Thank you for sharing your stories with me,” the newscaster added in conclusion.
“While this certainly wasn’t the way I expected my career in TV news to end, as a follower of Christ, I know God has a purpose to this and will use it for good,” she added.
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