Teen sues for not being allowed to attend class without chicken pox vaccine

The 18-year-old senior basketball player, who objects to the shot, based for religious reasons is suing the Kentucky health department.
1:16 | 03/19/19

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Transcript for Teen sues for not being allowed to attend class without chicken pox vaccine
Next tonight here, a high school student is now suing his school after being kicked off the court and out of school because he didn't get vaccinated for chicken pox. Here's ABC's Steve osunsami on the debate. Reporter: 18-year-old Jerome Kunkel is a senior and a basketball star at this catholic high school in northern Kentucky, and he's suing his local health department because they won't let him back to class without a chicken pox vaccine. His objection to the shot is a common one, based on religious grounds. It's a catholic belief that abortion is wrong, morally wrong. And since the vaccine's derived from aborted fetal cells, that obviously goes directly against that. Reporter: It is true that in the 1960s, cells obtained from two aborted fetuses were used to grow viruses that were developed into some of today's modern vaccines. But even the Vatican has decided that it's morally acceptable for catholics to get these vaccines because they protect children. Kentucky health officials are underlining that they have 32 students out sick with the chicken pox right now, at this one school, and say they're not letting any students who aren't vaccinated back to class until the outbreak is over. The student who is suing says it's unfair, because he can't play ball, but all sports and extracurricular activities at the school have been canceled, too. David? All right, Steve, thank you.

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