SoD Cross-post: Anti-vax “prof” ignites scandal at Queen’s U

This post was originally published on School of Doubt. Read it there or catch the beginning below.

This week the Principal and Provost of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario publicly acknowledged student complaints that an instructor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies was promoting anti-vaccine materials in a basic health class. The instructor in question, Melody Torcolacci, is reported to have presented her Health 102 class with slides containing such gems as:

No scientific evidence exists showing vaccines are NOT contributing to increased incidents of chronic illness and disability in children.

Yikes. With a howler like that, you have to wonder how Torcolacci ended up teaching such a class in the first place.

And that, as they say, is where things get interesting.

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