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Fury after anti-vaxxer tells kids vaccine ‘will kill you’

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Original article from Kent Live

Parents in Deal are outraged after their children were approached by an anti-vaxxer on a bicycle.

Mums have branded the woman ‘disgusting’ after she approached kids walking on their own, telling them "they will die" if they have the COVID-19 vaccine.

Several parents have even taken to social media to warn others of the woman, who has also been seen handing out her name and number on leaflets containing anti-vaccine information.

They accused her of being "forceful" with some teenagers while handing out the flyers, which promote UK Column News.

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Sharline Humphreys, a teaching assistant who lives in Deal, said she is "furious" after her daughter was approached by the anti-vaxxer.

At just 12-years-old, Sharline's daughter was allegedly accosted by a woman on a bicycle on Sunday (May 23) at around 3pm.

She was stopped as she walked alone outside of Sainsbury's in West Street.

Sharline told KentLive: "We were in town and my daughter had gone off by herself to Sainsbury's and whilst she was walking up there a lady on a bicycle came along.

Sharline Humphreys, 44, says these incidents have been happening to lots of other people

"She said her age group is due to get the vaccine soon and that she shouldn't have it, and if she wanted information about it then she should get in contact with her.

"My daughter said no and walked off.

"I think she was a bit scared but she's pretty sensible so she knows what to do if a stranger approaches her."

Sharline's 12-year-old daughter was approached outside of Sainsbury's on West Street in Deal on the weekend

She added: "I was furious, because obviously we're all having the vaccine and I don't really want people going up to my daughter whilst she's alone without her parents, challenging her about these things.

"I hear it's been happening to lots of other people, there's been a few more incidents.

"It is worrying, my daughter's at an age now where she's starting to do things by herself, you don't want strange people going up to your child and I don't know why this woman thinks it's acceptable to do that.

"I don't think she believed what the woman said, she doesn't believe in any of this propaganda stuff."

'Children should be able to walk to school without being harassed'

Another mother, who wanted to remain anonymous, detailed a similarly concerning event involving her 13-year-old daughter.

She said just after the Easter holidays her child had been approached outside of Goodwin Academy, again by a woman on a bicycle.

"There were teachers patrolling outside of school and she got told to move on," she told KentLive.

Goodwin Academy in Deal

Despite this, a second incident happened just last week at the same location.

The mum confessed: "I had already been made aware of this woman, because other parents had been saying she'd gotten quite forceful with their children.

"If that's her opinion then great, but these are kids, they are impressionable kids."

Recounting the incident, she added: "She came in and said 'mum this woman's just literally launched this onto my chest'.

"I went 'what do you mean she launched this onto your chest?'

"She said 'she was banging on about how my parents are going to die and I will die if I have the vaccine.'

The 13-year-old girl was handed a UK Column leaflet with the name, number and Facebook page of the woman who had approached her

"It's quite a strong message to put out there. It's been going on for quite some time and it doesn't seem like we're getting the right support as parents.

"What infuriates me is this forced opinion, that there can't be any other opinion.

"Our children should be able to walk to school without being harassed."

The 13-year-old is now being driven to school every day by her mother following the two encounters.

Parents say the Goodwin Academy has been made aware of the incidents, but claim no formal statement has been released.

This is despite claims that some of the approaches were made close to the school gates.

"I made the school aware because children don't need this," added the mum.

"She certainly shouldn't be giving out her phone number to minors.

"It would be good to have the school's support, instead of them ignoring it – it's not going away, it's multiplying how many children she's approaching."

Goodwin Academy did not respond to our request for comment

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