Superintendent says it was mistake, apologizes
“A student whose parents did not consent to vaccination was mistaken for a student whose parents did consent.”
– Supt. Mark Speno
by Guy Page
A first-grade student at the Academy School in Brattleboro was vaccinated for Covid-19 against the expressed will of his parents, Windham Southeast Supervisory Union Superintendent Speno said in a letter to parents yesterday, November 23.
The story first surfaced two days ago, November 22, in the New Hampshire news website Granite Grok. A lightly edited version of the news story appears below. The father of a first grader claimed his son at the elementary school had been vaccinated for Covid-19 despite his objections, which were shared by his wife.
Vermont Daily Chronicle asked Gov. Phil Scott yesterday at his press conference, “There’s a news report that a first-grader in the Academy School in Brattleboro was vaccinated against the expressed wishes of his parents. Have you or anyone in your administration heard of this, and if so what steps are you taking to prevent it from happening again?”
Scott said he hadn’t heard about it, but Secretary of Education Secretary Dan French said, “The New Hampshire Commissioner of Education called me to discuss this issue. He just wanted to alert me that he had heard a rumor about this.”
The accuracy of the “rumor” was confirmed in a letter from Interim Supt. Mark Speno to supervisory union parents yesterday, and shared on the Academy School Facebook page by Principal Kelly Dias. Speno said: “The school district has recently hosted three vaccination clinics with the Vermont Dept. of Health for ages five and up, one being at Academy School. Unfortunately, in the course of vaccinating students at this clinic, a mistake was made. A student whose parents did not consent to vaccination was mistaken for a student whose parents did consent. We are deeply sorry that this mistake happened, and have worked internally to improve our screening procedures.”
“The Health Department has worked to evaluate its procedures to ensure that this does not happen again,” Speno said. “Thankfully, we are not aware of any harm to the student because of this mistake.”
Speno’s letter repeats several times that the incident was a mistake, and highlights the role of the Vermont Department of Health. A screenshot of the Facebook message from Principal Dias, republishing Speno’s letter, appears below:
As of this writing, there has been no coverage of this story in the local or weekly newspapers covering Windham County. The Granite Grok story is republished below, with permission and light edits.
by GRANITE GROK –
Here is the story from a rather (and rightfully so!) irate Dad who previously told the school that he did not want his son vaccinated and was not giving the Administration at Academy School in Brattleboro, VT permission to do so.
Our son in question is 6 years old and goes to the Academy School and is in the first grade. The first week of November, my wife and I found the school was going to have a Vaccine clinic on the 12th of November. I took my son to school the next morning and on seeing the Vice Principal I explained to him that I was leery and did not want to have our son inoculated yet (if ever). My wife was in agreement.
He (Vice Principal) did not seem happy with what I was saying. On the morning of the 12th, my wife was a little hesitant to send our son to school, trusting what the Vice Principal said. My wife drove our son to school.
Picking our son up in the afternoon, our son announced he got the shot and showed my wife his vaccine card that had the name <redacted -Skip> for the first name, but a wrong last name. To say we were upset would be a gross understatement.
We knew we would have to wait till Monday to do anything. I got two calls on my cell phone the next day: one from Vermont Department of Health telling me of the mix up and an apologizing for the mix up. Then the school Principal called and she was very apologetic. She told me she would find out what went wrong an get back to me.
We have not heard a thing yet. Also as to the Vice Principal who I had spoke to on the matter: we have not heard from him at all.
Yep, once again we see another instance of the Education-Industrial Complex deciding that THEIR “responsibility” for the students placed into their limited care isn’t all that limited at all and certainly outweighs that of, ahem, those students’ Parents.
And yes, I have saved off the page. Not only that, our source, via the family has supplied us with the VAX card, front and back, and this as well (first name redacted, the fake last name mostly redacted but is included to show we have the real thing:
The VAX card (again, similar redacting treatment of the name):
So, just from a legal standpoint, I’m thinking the school and the Administration are in deep sneakers over this. Apologies from Principal Kelly Dias, from a legal standpoint, demonstrate that a wrong has actually happened AGAINST THE PARENTS’ wishes.
Confirmed by the silence from Vice Principal Jon Sessions. And if the clinic was run by the VT Department of Health, what were THEIR safeguards that should have prevented this from happening?
The first name was correct – the last name was “made up”. The Dad said “NO!”. The Mom said “NO!”.
The school said, “Yes? You BETCHA”. After all, Schools “know” better, right?
Even here in NH, there is a battle of who gets to determine if a kid gets Jabbed or not. What kind of permission sheet must be offered and then signed? Or just an announcement that a clinic is happening and LINE UP THOSE SYRINGES! Having a Parent present, especially for a young child, for the procedure?
Some Districts are saying not needed – at the School Board level. These are the people you want representing YOU for the care of your children?
Sure, the Government has voted that such vaxes are “safe”. Safe – but for what time period? During the shot, a few days after the shot?
What about years down the line, especially as evidence is mounting that Government DOESN’T know what the longer-term issues may be.
And if adverse reactions DO show up for these little ones (a year or two down the line? What about Puberty or afterward)? The Medicos have no answers – it seems to come down to “Trust us, we’re the experts!”.
Yeah, just as expert as Kelly Dias and Jon Sessions in what seems to be a “sneak him into that Vax line” move? If something happens, are THEY going to be on the hook for medical and legal bills? Yes, legal assistance is being assembled from what I understand.