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Unvaccinated College Kid’s Ban From Zoom Class Suggests This Was Never Just About Safety

A Rutgers University student has claimed he is being barred from taking virtual classes because of his unvaccinated status.

SO WHAT

Some COVID-19 restrictions seem to be more about control than safety.

THE STORY

In an interview with NJ.com published Monday, Rutgers senior Logan Hollar, 22, said he was locked out of his Rutgers online accounts last month and told he needed to be vaccinated to attend his remote classes.

  • Hollar lives 70 miles away from the university’s New Brunswick campus and spent his entire junior year taking virtual classes.
  • According to NJ.com, some online programs are exempt from Rutgers’ mandate, which requires students on all of its campuses to be vaccinated.
  • But since Hollar is not technically enrolled in one of the fully remote or online-only programs, he did not automatically qualify for the exemption.

Hollar is studying from home and missing classes while awaiting Rutgers’ decision on his application for an exemption to the mandate.

SAME ENERGY

The Rutgers case is far from the only example of authorities overreaching when it comes to COVID-19 restrictions.

  • April 2020: A former Colorado State Patrol trooper was handcuffed in front of his 6-year-old daughter after police said he violated social distancing rules by playing catch with her in the park.
  • April 2020: The village of Sleepy Hollow banned leaf blowers for the duration of the pandemic as a precautionary measure.
  • April 2020: A Pennsylvania woman was stopped by police and fined $200 for violating the state’s stay-at-home order by going on a drive alone just to get out of the house.
  • April 2020: Encinitas, California police issued citations of up to $1,000 to 22 people who were watching sunset outdoors.
  • April 2020: A lone paddle-boarder was arrested by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies on suspicion of disobeying a lifeguard’s orders and violating Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order.
  • December 2020: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued an order barring residents from walking, except for essential activities.

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