A California mother is expressing outrage after a Los Angeles area school allegedly bribed her son with pizza in exchange for getting jabbed, a story that is drawing attention from those concerned with parental rights amidst the national frenzy over mandatory vaccinations.
According to Maribel Duarte, her 13-year-old son came home from Barack Obama Global Prep Academy with a vaccine card and a story that he was coaxed into getting the shot in exchange for pizza and that the person who administered it told him not to say anything.
“The lady that gave him the shot and signed the paper told my son, ‘Please don’t say anything. I don’t want to get in trouble.'” Duarte told NBC Los Angeles, adding that “It hurt to know he got a shot without my permission, without knowing and without signing any papers for him to get the shot.”
Duarte said that she is not against the vaccines and is vaccinated herself but she expected to be asked for permission, especially since her son has “problems with asthma and allergy problems,” she told the news outlet.
The Barack Obama Global Prep Academy is a part of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) which has issued a January 10, 2022 deadline for all students to be jabbed unless they have a medical or “other” exemption.
A school in LA gave students the vaccine without their parent’s permission after they bribed the students with pizza and told them not to tell their parents: pic.twitter.com/NMNpL5w3FE
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) December 7, 2021
According to NBC Los Angeles, the school district declined to provide details, “The LAUSD says student matters are confidential and wouldn’t comment specifically, but did say its ‘safe schools to safe steps incentive program’ is meant to ensure several steps are in place for vaccinated students to receive prizes.”
Twitter reacted to the story with most users expressing shock and indignation at the school.
The government should not be circumventing parents like this.
Parents need to know (and consent) to their child getting the vaccine. https://t.co/aNuUQdsNOw
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 8, 2021
Vaccine-crazed school officials bribe students into getting vaxxed with the promise of pizza. https://t.co/olKhbGWkbc
— WoodDuck (@tigersounding) December 8, 2021
This 13-year-old was allegedly given the vaccine in exchange for pizza… at school.
When I was a kid we had parents. Today, courts and schools are the parents and you get in trouble for such abusive behavior as calling your daughter your daughter when she thinks she's a boy. https://t.co/UpjHJqDBHE
— Nick Uva (@nickuva) December 7, 2021
Kids are impulsive, even if the young man was aware his parents did not want him to take the shot the "prize" of pizza was too much temptation. NO school should be offering prizes or special treatment based on vaccine status. Parents should be contacting this school and district https://t.co/yBdq5cd3Zc
— Donna Martin (@IamDonnaMartin) December 7, 2021
i hope the parents are suing, what if one of the kids who was vaccinated is allergic or for some other health reason couldn’t get vaccinated, and died or developed serious side effects, how can they do this with no consent from parents, i’d be so pissed its unreal.
— Ceytin (@Ceytin2) December 8, 2021
You’re telling me adults injected children with substances against their will, without parental permission or even knowledge, then tried to cover it up, and people know about this but no one has been arrested? Everything about this makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up.
— Francesco Lugli (@FrancescoLugli) December 8, 2021
“The science is clear – vaccinations are an essential part of protection against COVID-19,” Interim Superintendent Megan K. Reilly said. “The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and requiring eligible students to be vaccinated is the strongest way to protect our school community.” According to the LAUSD’s September statement announcing the vaccine mandate.
“To date, Los Angeles Unified’s robust safety measures include daily health checks for everyone going onto school campuses, masks, comprehensive COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and isolation of cases, hand sanitizer, increased sanitization/cleaning of schools and upgraded ventilation. This additional step provides another layer of safety in schools.”
“Today’s decision furthers our longstanding commitment to ensure the safety of our students, families, and staff,” Board President Kelly Gonez said. “The vaccine is the single best way to protect students and schools from COVID-19. Los Angeles Unified is committed to meeting our families where they are and providing them with reliable medical information about this safe, effective vaccine.” The statement said.
The LAUSD is demanding that proof of compliance be uploaded to the district’s daily pass system.
Attorney Jennifer Kennedy commented on the vaccine for pizza exchange, “The LAUSD does not have the power to add a vaccine to the California school schedule,” she told NBC Los Angeles. “You couldn’t do it if you were a podunk school district and you can’t do it if you’re LAUSD, the second-largest district in the nation. You don’t have that legal authority.”
Legal experts will be watching any potential lawsuits against the LAUSD very closely.
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