The backlash against mandatory vaccination for Illinois teachers and public employees such as firemen and police officers is increasing.
Six Naperville firemen are now suing over the mandate, and a suburban teacher who was fired is also suing over vaccination compliance.
Nicole Courna said she’d rather be teaching her second-grade students, but the St. Charles primary school where she’s worked for 22 years sent her home on Monday because she wasn’t vaccinated.
“I was told I had to leave the building because I didn’t follow the governor’s mandate,” Cournaya said.
Cournaya, along with three other west suburban school employees, has launched a class-action lawsuit against their districts and many state agencies, including Governor JB Pritzker. They claimed that the governor had no legal authority to compel immunization or testing.
“Our point is legal not medical,” attorney Patrick Walsh said. “We are pro-constitution, not anti-vaccine.”
The school personnel are among an increasing number of public and private sector workers who are being fired for refusing to be vaccinated.
Six Naperville firefighter/paramedics have filed a second lawsuit, this time naming Governor Pritzker and others, seeking the court to rule that his vaccination requirement is unconstitutional.
At te same time, the superintendent of the Geneva school district stated in a statement that he had no option, adding: “As we continue to navigate a changing situation, we are grateful to Geneva CUSD 304 school employees for complying with this executive order. Our objective continues to promote our kids’ in-person learning while also preserving the health and safety of our whole school community.”
Cournaya, on the other hand, stated that the health of her students is highly important to her. She constantly wears a mask and maintains a social distance in class.
“I have stayed healthy,” Cournaya said. “If I were sick I would never in my life put anyone in Jeopardy. My colleagues, my students, I wouldn’t come to school.”
Since companies are typically prohibited from disclosing personnel information, it is unclear how many employees have been sent home from work because they have not been vaccinated. However, based on the number of queries he has received, the attorney feels it is a substantial number.
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On the Caspian shore of Russia, thousands of dead seals have washed up
Officials announced on Sunday that over 2,500 dead seals had been discovered near the Caspian Sea coast of Russia.
Authorities in the Russian province of Dagestan stated that the cause of the shocking mass deaths was unknown and that they believed it was probably due to natural causes.
The number of dead seals discovered off the coast on Saturday initially appeared to be 700, but later rose to 2,500, according to the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
The Caspian Environmental Protection Center’s Zaur Gapizov stated in a statement that the seals had probably been dead for a few weeks. He claimed that there was no evidence that they had been killed or caught in fishing nets.
According to a statement posted on the Telegram messaging app by the Dagestan natural resources ministry, samples taken from the seals’ internal organs did not contain any traces of pollution.
A North Caucasus fisheries official was quoted by the business newspaper Kommersant as suggesting that the seals may have perished due to protracted storms, although the news website Fontanka.ru suggested that the mass deaths may have been brought on by a natural gas leak from the sea’s abundant resources.
The Dagestan ministry stated after this incident that there was still a stable number of Caspian seals in the region, “ranging from 270,000 to 300,000.”
According to RIA, the seals are at the top of the food chain and have no natural enemies as adults. They can grow to a length of more than 1.6 metres (5.2 feet) and a weight of up to 100 kilogrammes (200 pounds).
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At the Union Square subway station, a man was robbed and cut in the face
Police reported that a guy was cut on a Queens subway platform early on Sunday and was taken to the hospital.
Around 6 a.m., the attacker cut the victim with a sharp object as he was standing on a platform for the northbound F train at the Kew Gardens/Union Turnpike station, according to police.
Following the suspect onto the station, the victim argued with the suspect while he was attempting to retrieve his bag.
The defendant allegedly then produced a knife, cut the victim in the face, and fled.
The victim’s minor cut was treated.
The suspect managed to get away with the bag, which had a pair of boots and several equipment for building valued a combined total of approximately $420.
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man who killed 70 years old Massachusetts couple over a barking dog was found in Florida.
Police stated that they had apprehended the fugitive suspected of fatally murdering an elderly Massachusetts couple during a dispute about a noisy dog in Florida.
The Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office reported that Christopher Keeley, 27, was apprehended Thursday at 8:20 p.m. in Miami Beach, approximately 1,500 miles from the Marshfield home where he is accused of beating Carl and Vicki Mattson, both 70, to death.
The couple and Keeley allegedly got into a fight about a barking dog, according to the police.
According to court documents obtained by CBS, the alleged brute had been staying in the Mattson’s Gotham Hill Drive house as a courtesy to a family member but had just been ordered to leave.
According to Keeley’s arrest on a warrant as an out-of-state fugitive, Miami-Dade County jail records show this. It was unclear at first if Keeley had hired a lawyer.
Questions were not immediately answered by representatives of the Massachusetts State Police and the Miami-Dade Police Department. It was impossible to speak with a district attorney’s office representative for Plymouth County right away.
A dog that had been reported missing earlier was also discovered dead inside the home, according to the DA. It’s unclear to whom the dog belonged or how it passed away.
This would not be the first time Keeley had turned to murder after a dispute.
In a dispute over a phone charger when he was 18 years old, Keeley broke his grandmother’s vehicle window, according to The Patriot Ledger. He was accused of intentionally causing damage to a vehicle.
According to Keeley, he attacked the couple after a dispute about a barking dog.
At least two further significant run-ins with the law involved Keeley. According to the publication, he was detained in 2016 at the age of 21 for organising and carrying out a group beating of a man with autism before snatching his cellphone and wallet. According to reports, a court in Massachusetts deemed Keeley “to be dangerous,” and he was subsequently given an 18-month prison term.
Keeley was recently charged with narcotics possession after it was claimed that he was found driving about with marijuana and Xanax. According to court documents obtained by The Ledger, he was charged with drug offences.
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