Claim: Third graders in Olathe, Kansas, contracted Ebola from a substitute teacher.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, October 2014]
This was reported on FB this morning. I work in Olathe KS in education and need to know if this is true. “Kansas third graders exposed to Ebola.
Origins: On 27 October 2014 a rumor started spreading on Facebook that seven third-grade students in Olathe, Kansas, had contracted Ebola from their substitute teacher. That rumor originated with a fake news story posted on the web site
A substitute teacher is being blamed for spreading the Ebola virus to a third grade classroom. 7 out of the
Jeremy Hillsdale, the substitute teacher suspected of spreading the virus, had just returned to the U.S. after spending
Fears about Ebola’s spread have been at high in the United States, so it wasn’t too surprising to see the
On 27 October 2014, the Olathe Public School district posted a message on its web site about the fake Ebola news story:
Recently a fabricated web story has been brought to our attention that states that cases of Ebola have surfaced in an Olathe elementary school. This story is completely false. No cases of Ebola have been confirmed or even suspected in Olathe schools or in the city of Olathe.
Although this story about third graders contracting Ebola in Olathe was false, that doesn’t mean all such fears are not grounded in reality. On
NY Meta identifies itself as a satirical website, stating the purpose of its articles is to entertain and not to inform, but perhaps it should consider adding
NY Meta is an entertainment website. We post the latest trending articles circulating the web. Whether interesting, controversial, abnormal, thought provoking or satirical we aim only to entertain with the stories we publish.
Last updated: 28 October 2014
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