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10-Year-Old Girl Dies To COVID-19 After Her Teacher Allegedly Exposed Her To Sick Students

Photographed Teresa Sperry While She Received A Certificate Of Recognition (Photo: Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters)

A tragic turn of event befell the bubbly 10-year-old girl in Virginia as she died of COVID-19 complications just five days after she began showing symptoms. Her teacher allegedly exposed her to the virus by assigning her to accompany sick children. According to her parents, the girl might have contracted the virus as a result of acting as their classroom nurse.

Teresa Sperry, a fifth-grader at Hillpoint Elementary School, died just five days after she first complained of a headache. According to The Virginian Pilot, her family was notified by health authorities two days after her death that she had tested positive for COVID-19. She passed away on Sept. 27 at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.

School’s Policy Restricted Students To Accompany Kids With COVID-19 Symptoms

Suffolk Public Schools officials are currently investigating the allegation. Anthonette Ward, a school district representative, told The Virginian-Pilot that if the claim is accurate, the action would be a violation of school rules. According to her, the school has a policy that only adults are allowed to accompany students with COVID-19 symptoms to the nurse’s office.

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Teresa Sperry Was Assigned As A Classroom Nurse

Her parents have stated that they took all precautions to safeguard Teresa from the virus, even taking their children to school to limit their exposure to COVID-19 on the school bus. They claim Teresa’s teacher required her to accompany other sick children to the nurse’s office on a regular basis.

Nicole And Jeff Sperry, Teresa’s Parents During An Interview With CNN (Photo: CNN)

The couple made the shocking allegation on Facebook, where Nicole Sperry, Teresa’s mom, claimed that Teresa would have managed to be alive if people had stopped sending their sick kids to school. Her teacher at Hillpoint assigned her the position of classroom nurse.

Jeff Sperry contracted COVID-19 after his daughter died despite both parents being vaccinated. The pair told CNN over the weekend that they hoped their situation would remind others that the pandemic is still very real, even if some people choose to ignore it.

Her parents told CNN that she had a headache the first day and fever the next. She developed a nasty cough by the weekend. Teresa was swabbed for COVID-19 and tested for strep throat in the ER, but it came back negative. Teresa stopped breathing and was taken to a local hospital while the COVID-19 findings were still pending. She was moved to Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters Norfolk, where she died on Sept. 27.

Teresa was a Girl Scout who enjoyed sketching, dancing, and singing, according to her parents, who added that she was a friend to all, even those who would bully her.

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