VA girl dies of COVID after 'teacher made her be escort for sick kids'


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A 10-year-old Virginia girl is dead from COVID-19 and her family is demanding answers after learning she was assigned as the 'class nurse,' escorting sick kids to the nurse's office.

Teresa Sperry died just five days after she first began experiencing symptoms of COVID with a headache.

Her family didn't learn she tested positive for the coronavirus until two days after her death.   

Nicole and Jeff Sperry, Teresa's parents, say that they followed all safety measures to protect their daughter but later learned that her teacher had given her a 'classroom job' of walking with sick children to go to the nurse's office.  

Nicole Sperry made the accusation in a Facebook post. 

Teresa Sperry died just five days after she first began experiencing symptoms of COVID with a headache

Nicole and Jeff Sperry, Teresa's parents (pictured center), say that they followed all safety measures to protect their daughter but later learned that her teacher had given her a 'classroom job' of walking with sick children to go to the nurse's office

Nicole Sperry alleged on Facebook that her 10-year-old daughter was asked to serve as the 'classroom nurse,' escorting sick children to the nurse's office

'[Teresa] would have continued to be here if people would have stopped sending their sick kids to school,' Nicole said. 'Her teacher at Hillpoint gave her the job of 'nurse.' She was required to walk all sick students in her class to the nurses office.'  

'That was her classroom job,' Jeff Sperry said. 

'And she said that if the kids were sick and needed to go home, she had to go get their book bag and take it back,' added Nicole.

Both parents were vaccinated against COVID, but Jeff Sperry suffered a breakthrough infection after his daughter's death. 

Authorities at Suffolk Public Schools, home of Teresa's Hillpoint School, are now investigating the accusation. 

A spokesperson for the school district said that if what the Sperry family alleges is true, it would be a violation of school policy. 

The school has a rule in place for only adults to walk children with COVID-19 symptoms to the nurse’s office, Ward added.

'The protocol at Hillpoint Elementary School is for the classroom teacher or any adult to contact the main office with a Code 'C.' When this occurs, one of the administrators or school nurse will come to the classroom to pick up the student,' Ward told the Virginian Pilot. 'We are still investigating to ensure that this process was followed with fidelity.' 

The couple first made the bombshell claim on Facebook, where Nicole Sperry wrote that Teresa 'would have continued to be here if people would have stopped sending their sick kids to school. Her teacher at Hillpoint gave her the job of 'nurse.' She was required to walk all sick students in her class to the nurses office.'

The school district, led by Superintendent Dr. John B. Gordon III, put out a letter to parents regarding Sperry's death, but never once mentioned Teresa by name.  

The school district, led by Superintendent Dr. John B. Gordon III, put out a letter to parents regarding Sperry's death, but never once mentioned Teresa by name

'I am her mother and this sorry excuse of a letter should not have been released without at least a phone call from him,' Nicole Sperry wrote in response.

Authorities at Suffolk Public Schools, home of Teresa's Hillpoint School, are now investigating the accusation

Nicole again responded via a Facebook post.  

'I am her mother and this sorry excuse of a letter should not have been released without at least a phone call from him,' she wrote. 'I will not hide anymore. My beautiful girl was taken from me because people are too damn selfish to care about what could happen to others.' 

'This horrible excuse of a letter is not acceptable,' Sperry added. 'Want to know what you can do to honor my lovely girl? Wear a damn mask! Get vaccinated! Social distance! And most importantly stop complaining and keep your sick kids at home. Because in the end you will still get to hug yours.'

Jeff Sperry told CNN that his daughter 'was happy, she was healthy and strong, and it took her in less than five days.' 

Teresa was one of two children the Virginia Health Department reported as having died of COVID-19 last week.   

Teresa was one of two children the Virginia Health Department reported as having died of COVID-19 last week