Even the most highly esteemed teachers are not immune from the Biden administration's insistence that everyone receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Kahseim Outlaw, who was awarded Lyman Hall High School's (Wallingford, Conn.) 2020 teacher of the year award, may just become a victim of that mandate, which many are labeling as "unconstitutional." Several media outlets are reporting that Outlaw may lose his job due to his decision not to be vaccinated or to be tested.
"Currently, I am on unpaid leave from my school," a physical education instructor, said Monday during the Donlon Report with host Joe Donlon on NewsNation.
Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont recently issued an executive order requiring school staff members to receive the vaccine or be tested, The Associated Press reported. Outlaw argued that taking the shot was a "personal choice" and that's why he has chosen not to receive it.
"I'm a personal advocate, a big advocate, for personal health and the choices that we make with our medicine and our medical procedures and therefore I believe it's my own choice on how to maintain that and how to manage it. Going to test for something that I may or may not have on a consistent basis is deemed for me, on a personal level, an unnecessary procedure.
Outlaw told Donlon that he was diagnosed with COVID-19 last year and believes he could have the antibodies, but has not taken a test.
"I have a lot of faith and belief in my own body and my natural immune response to take care of myself and heal from whatever infectious disease that might come next."
Kahseim Outlaw was awarded Lyman Hall High School's 2020 teacher of the year — but now he can't teach in a classroom due to a vax mandate. Outlaw joins TDR to explains why he's on unpaid leave for not adhering to his district's COVID-19 vaccination policy. pic.twitter.com/j4zlrF7hed— The Donlon Report (@TheDonlonReport) October 11, 2021
Breitbart.com reported that Lamont held a recent press conference in which he referred to his state employees who might seek a religious exemption from the coronavirus vaccine mandate as "Mother Theresas.'
Outlaw says he's waiting for the school board's decision regarding his job.
Coincidentally, iconic sports figures are facing the same situation. Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving, considered one of the best players in the NBA, went on Instagram and said he's not vaccinated and does not plan to get vaccinated.
Subsequently, under New York City's current health mandates, Irving will not be allowed to play in the Nets' home games at Baraclays Center. Under the NBA's rules, he is allowed to practice because the team's facility is deemed an office building, and he could potentially play in most road games. The Nets, however, decided to deny him those opportunities. He says he's not retiring, but will have to see what the future holds.
It's reality that, you know, in order to be in New York City, in order to be on a team, I have to be vaccinated," Irving said. "I chose to be unvaccinated, and that was my choice. And I would ask y'all just to respect that choice, and I am gonna just continue to stay in shape, be ready to play, be ready to rock out with my teammates, and just be part of this whole thing."
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