Halloween can be a lot of fun for little kids who are dressing up in their cute little costumes, walking door to door to get tasty treats from their neighbors. Unfortunately, for parents the whole ordeal can be a giant headache between buying costumes, buying candy, and having to check for razor blades.
That last sentence might freak you out, but we all are aware of the rumors that someone once hid razor blades in Halloween candy. Every year there seems to be something new to worry about, whether it's the classic razor blades or new threats like people handing out marijuana gummies.
As it turns out, skeletons and ghouls aren't the only thing to be afraid of on Halloween. IT is the more real fears that we should be shaking in our boots about, like the fact that a mother who is against vaccinations decided to infect the candy she handed out to other kids to help build up their immunity.
Anti-vaccers are people who don't believe in using vaccines. Their reasons can range, but a common reason is that they think vaccines cause autism, as well as the fact that they think that natural immunity can be built up. While natural immunities can be strengthened, that isn't true for things like small pox. Anti-vaxxers reached a new low when an anti-vaxxer mom went on social media to brag about the fact that she had decided to hand out infected lollipops.
The woman is from Australia and her online profile is Sarah Walker RN, apparently a registered nurse. She posted in a private Facebook group called Stop Mandatory Vaccination. She posted that her son had chickenpox, so her plan was to spread the chickenpox throughout her community using the candy she was planning to give out on Halloween.
On her Facebook post, Walker wrote "So my beautiful son [redacted] has the chickenpox at the moment and we've both decided to help others with natural immunity this Halloween! We have the packaging open and closing down pat and can't wait to help others in our community." Walker's post was then screenshotted and posted on a page called Light for Riley which is a page that helps protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases. Greg Hughes, the page manager posted the screenshot along with his commentary saying, "Have you ever seen something that instantaneously makes your skin crawl?"
What's more alarming is that Walker claims to be a nurse at Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane, however, according to them, "There are no current or former employees by that name that have worked for Queensland Health as a registered nurse. This is a serious issue and has been referred to police, who are investigating."
Walker responded to the backlash by doubling down on her choices. "Dear internet trolls. You think you're right by judging me and my trying to report me and get me fired. I don't care. The health and wellbeing of my baby is far more valuable than any job. You say I'm vile and gross like I have done something that hundreds of thousands of parents haven't already done. How many times do you see children dropped off to day care or school when they're clearly sick and contagious? Exactly! And I'm offering life long immunity for the price of a couple of blisters and a few days off school."
It is clear that this woman has lost all touch with reality. She could be found guilty of tampering with food. Even if she was joking, it is a crime to make false claims about food tampering as well. She could be seeing jail time as high as 15 years in prison.