Anti-vax principal who threatened to shut down his school and ‘handed out anti-jab propaganda to staff’ closes kindergarten and blames vaccine mandates
- Perth anti-vaxxer principal shut down kindergarten after refusing vaccination
- Adam Zydek earlier told staff he wanted to close Divine Mercy College
- Western Australia requires all teachers to be vaccinated by 2022 term one
- Mr Zydek blamed the mandate for the school’s closure in letter to parents
A renegade Covid-denying principal has closed his school’s kindergarten because he refuses to get a mandatory vaccine jab.
Adam Zydek told staff he was considering closing Divine Mercy College in Perth earlier this month to avoid the Covid vaccination mandate.
The Western Australian Government requires all teachers to be vaccinated by first term next year, or be suspended and at risk of sacking.
Perth principal Adam Zydek (pictured) of Divine Mercy College has closed his kindergarten following a staff meeting where he announced he would rather close his school than receive the Covid vaccine
Mr Zydek last week called a meeting where he handed out anti-vax propaganda and told staff of his beliefs, teachers claimed.
Staff claimed Mr Zydek told them he believed the vaccine to be worse than catching the virus, and technology used to develop vaccines used aborted foetuses.
They also claimed he believed those who didn’t receive the vaccine would be taken from their homes to forcibly receive the vaccine and be put in concentration camps.
All these beliefs are categorically false.
The school (pictured) announced the closure of its kindergarten in a letter sent to parents on Wednesday where the principal and chairman apologised and blamed ‘the governmental stance regarding mandatory vaccination for all staff’
Staff were said to be extremely distressed by the meeting where Mr Zydek announced he would rather close the school than receive the vaccine.
Divine Mercy College has nearly 400 students and 50 staff, all of whom would be affected by Mr Zydek’s decision to close the school.
However, Mr Zydek cannot unilaterally close the school as that decision rests with the board.
On Wednesday, Mr Zydek announced in a letter to parents the ‘temporary suspension’ of the school’s kindergarten next year.
The letter was signed by both Mr Zydek and the school’s chairman, with apologies for the closure.
‘Due to the governmental stance regarding mandatory vaccination for all staff as of the beginning of Term 1, 2022, we have come to the decision to suspend operation of the kindergarten class in the year 2022,’ the letter read.
In a staff meeting earlier this month Mr Zydek allegedly told staff of Divine Mercy College he believed people who hadn’t received vaccinations would be kidnapped and put in concentration camps, he made no mention of plans for nearly 400 students and 50 staff
Education Minister Sue Ellery told The West Australian she was troubled by the school’s decision.
‘It would be really helpful if the governing body of Divine Mercy College responded to the Department of Education’s formal request for information on its intentions for next year,’ she said.
‘I am really confident that the overwhelming majority of the education workforce will get vaccinated, and help ensure schools in Western Australia are safe next year.’
Employers caught with workers who have not been vaccinated will be fined $100,000 and unvaccinated employees risk $20,000 fines.
Western Australia has a 73.4 per cent vaccination rate among residents 12 and over, one of the lowest in the country.