Maribel Duarte says her 13-year-old son, a student at the Barack Obama Global Prep Academy in South LA, brought home a vaccination card after accepting the COVID-19 vaccine at school.
She says he said yes when someone offered it in exchange for pizza.
“The lady who gave him the syringe and signed the paper said to my son, ‘Please don’t say anything. I don’t want to get in trouble.'”
LAUSD says student matters are confidential and would not comment specifically on them, but said its “Safe Schools Incentive Program to Safe Steps” is to ensure that several steps are taken to ensure that vaccinated students receive awards. Duarte says she is not against the vaccine. She vaccinated herself, but her son is different.
“He has problems with asthma and allergies,” she said.
Jennifer Kennedy, an attorney who is closely following the two vaccine mandate trials against LAUSD currently in court, said the problem is that children in California cannot consent to being vaccinated.
Ultimately, both are striving for an end to their mandate.
“LAUSD does not have the power to add a vaccine to California’s school schedule,” she said. “You couldn’t do it if you were a school district in school, and you can’t do it if you are LAUSD, the second largest district in the nation. You do not have this legal authority. “
In California, school vaccines are managed by the state Department of Health and are enshrined in law by state lawmakers.
The LAUSD says that since the Thanksgiving break, 80% of eligible students at Obama Prep have been vaccinated.
“It hurts to know that he was given an injection without my permission, without knowing it and without signing any papers to get the injection,” Duarte said.
On January 10th, the LAUSD stipulated a vaccination for all students aged 12 and over. Those who don’t get it and don’t have a legal exception are being forced back to online virtual learning.