WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- An anti-vaccination mom claimed she gave out lollipops tainted with chickenpox for Halloween.
- Facebook user Sarah Walker, who has a son who recently had chickenpox, handed out candies with his germs to trick-or-treaters.
- She said handing out the lollipops would give kids chickenpox so they could get immunity for life.
An Australian anti-vaccination mother took to Facebook on Wednesday to share her story about handing out tainted lollipops for Halloween.
The Facebook user, who goes by the name of Sarah Walker RN online, shared her decision in the private Facebook group “Stop Mandatory Vaccination.” She said that her son recently had chickenpox and that she planned to “help” other children in the community by spreading the virus through candy.
“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 wrote on Facebook.
A screenshot of Walker’s message was shared on Light for Riley, a Facebook page dedicated to protecting “babies & families from vaccine-preventable diseases.” The page was created in honor of Riley Hughes, a baby boy who died in March 2015 due to whooping cough.
Riley’s father, Greg Hughes captioned his post: “Have you ever seen something that instantaneously makes your skin crawl?”
On her Facebook page, Walker claims to be a registered nurse at the “Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane.” However, Queensland Health, the parent company of The Royal Children’s Hospital — which is actually located in Melbourne, not Brisbane — confirmed that she was never employed at any of its medical facilities, the Insider reported.
“There are no current or former employees by that name that have worked for Queensland Health as a registered nurse,” Queensland Health wrote on Facebook. “This is a serious issue and has been referred to police, who are investigating.”
Despite receiving widespread backlash online, Walker took again to Facebook to back up her argument.
“Dear internet trolls,” she wrote. “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,” she continued. “How many times do you see children dropped off to daycare 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,” she added.
Queensland Health told News.com.au that the risk of getting chickenpox from such tainted lollipops would be extremely low because the virus does not survive long on surfaces.
Walker could be facing jail time if she were to be found guilty of food tampering, or making false claims to do so.