Stokes Co. school employee’s mission trip causes Ebola concern

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KING, N.C. -- A middle school employee's mission trip has a lot of staff and parents worried about Ebola. The assistant principal at Chestnut Grove Middle School left Monday for South Africa for two weeks.

"I wouldn't say it’s a mistake that's her personal preference but I just don't want my kid to take the repercussions to her decisions," explains Vanessa Loudin, a Chestnut Grove parent.

The Ebola outbreak is in West Africa. About 3,000 miles separate West Africa and South Africa, that's comparable to the distance between California and Maine.

"It spreads like wildfire, that's my concern, all it takes is one person," explains Crystal Williams, a Chestnut Grove parent.

The principal at Chestnut Grove Middle School sent out a message to parents explaining "upon return to the U.S and to Stokes County the staff member will not be allowed to return to any school until the time that health officials deem that is safe for them to do so."

"I just don't think we can take any chances on our end. The liability is just too great on our end to take those kinds of chances and risks so we won't take any risks," explains Sonya Cox, a Stokes County school board member.

The Chestnut Grove principal tells us he has spoken with the assistant principal and she is aware of the concern surrounding her trip and was informed that she may not be able to return to school as soon as she comes home.