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New Jersey school forces kids from Africa to stay at home over mindless Ebola scare

Two students from Rwanda enrolled at Howard Yocum Elementary School in Burlington County, New Jersey, are being kept at home over fears that they might be carrying the Ebola virus... despite the fact that Rwanda is in East Africa, some 2,600 miles from the epicenter of the outbreak in West Africa.

From Fox's local affiliate:

The school has been notifying parents that two students from an east African nation have enrolled. They were supposed to begin classes on Monday; however, after backlash from parents, those kids are now being kept out of school.

In a letter sent by the school nurse to staff members, it says the two students moved from the east African nation of Rwanda and are starting class on Oct. 20. Even though it's far away from the Ebola outbreak, the school was going to take precautions, by taking the African students temperature three times a day for the next 21 days. The letter wasn't sent home to parents just teachers and once word got out some wondered why they weren't notified.

"Tell us when we come into the door. Don't smile in my face and have a secret like that," said parent Kristina Dickerson. [Fox 29]

Another parent added, "Anybody from that area should just stay there until all this stuff is resolved. There's nobody affected here let's just keep it that way."

"That area," we presume, being the entire continent of Africa.