Randolph County Senior to Graduate with Class without Required Vaccinations
Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on May 22, 2013 @ 7:10PM
Created on May 22, 2013 @ 5:44PM
For the past few months, 5 News has been keeping tabs on the status of a Randolph County senior, who wasn't allowed in school because she refused to get her vaccinations.
On Saturday, she'll be graduating with her class after a long year of courtroom battles.
The decision in Randolph County was put off until a decision was made in the West Virginia Supreme Court. So, right now, the law is the same.
However, this weekend Olivia Hudok will graduate with her class at the Pickens School.
Earlier in the school year, Hudok was told she would be arrested if she stepped onto school property. That's because she refused to get newly required vaccinations. Hudok claimed she has religious beliefs that prevent her from getting the shots.
The problem is our state doesn't accept that excuse. So, Hudok wasn't allowed to step foot in the school.
Late last year, a circuit court judge ruled that her education must continue, even if it was on the homebound program.
Olivia said she's happy that she gets to graduate with her fellow seniors, but is even happier she stood up for what she believes in.
"If anything, throughout the whole situation, I've definitely grown stronger than I had been. It's not about whether you win or lose, it's about whether you're standing up for what you think is right, even if you're standing alone, you still need to do what's right," said Olivia Hudok.
Olivia was even allowed to attend her prom last weekend.
Both her and her father said they'll continue fighting for what they think is right until the law is changed.
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