An anti-vaxx mom in Australia is being investigated after she bragged on Facebook about exposing lollipops she’d planned to give out to trick-or-treaters to her son, who was sick with the chickenpox, to intentionally expose other kids to the virus.
A screenshot of the post was shared by the Facebook memorial page Light for Riley, which was made for an infant who died of whooping cough in 2015 and is dedicated to warning people about the dangers of the illness and the importance of vaccines.
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“So my beautiful son [redacted] has the chicken pox at the moment and we’ve both decided to help others with natural immunity this Halloween!” the post by the anti-vaxx mom reads. “We have the packaging open and closing down pat and can’t wait to help others in our community.”
This suggests that they were unwrapping the individual lollipops and her sick kid was either licking them or breathing on them or something equally gross. Then the mom was going to “help” her community by infecting other kids without anybody’s consent. For her Facebook friends, she offered to send them some pre-licked suckers “for $1 plus postage to your location.”
People do sometimes intentionally expose their children to the chickenpox while they are young because the illness is much more serious when caught by adults. However, doing this to kids without parental knowledge, let alone consent, may be illegal and is definitely morally repugnant.
“It’s not often I’m lost for words but this just about does it,” wrote Riley’s dad in his post exposing the anti-vaxx mom.
He was particularly appalled by the fact that her Facebook profile claimed she was a registered nurse at the Queensland Hospital. When the hospital found out about the post, they quickly released a statement denying that the woman had ever worked there.
“There are no current or former employees by that name that have worked for Queensland Health as a registered nurse,” the hospital posted on Facebook. “This is a serious issue and has been referred to police, who are investigating.”
In spite of multiple people reporting her to the police, the woman defended her actions with another Facebook post claiming that her Halloween stunt is no different than parents bringing sick kids to daycare.
“You think you’re right by judging me and my [sic] trying to report me and get me fired,” she wrote. “I don’t care. The health and well-being of my baby is far more valuable than any job.”
“And I’m offering life long immunity for the price of a couple of blisters and a few days off school,” she concluded. Unless any of those kids are immuno-compromised, then it might be the price of their lives.
Thankfully, Queensland Health experts told Australian news outlets that the chickenpox virus can’t survive for long on surfaces outside of the body, so it’s unlikely that any kids could have been infected by the lollipops. Regardless, tampering with food like this or even being responsible for a hoax claiming to do so is punishable by several years in prison in Australia.