"From [his family's] perspective, they always recognized they were running the risk of getting it, and they were OK with it".
"Of course they do not think the ban is, or was ever justified; this community all goes to church together for daily mass upstairs, while the school is downstairs in the same building", Wiest told Gizmodo.
Mr Kunkel, from Kentucky, made headlines in the United States last month after he took legal action against his school, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart/Assumption Academy, for barring unimmunised students following an outbreak of chickenpox which affected at least 30 pupils.
A USA teen who was suing his school after they banned him for refusing the chickenpox vaccination has now caught chickenpox.
"These are deeply held religious beliefs, they're sincerely held beliefs", family attorney Christopher Wiest said.
Laura Brinson, a spokesperson for the Northern Kentucky Health Department, criticized Kunkel's attorney for "downplaying the dangers of the chickenpox".
Kunkel claimed the vaccine is against his beliefs because he believes it's "derived from aborted fetal cells", and calls that "immoral, illegal, and sinful".
Doug Hogan, a spokesperson for Kentucky's Cabinet for Health and Family Services, said banned students would be allowed to return to school when they can demonstrate that all their lesions have scabbed and solidified, according to NBC News. We are pleased with the Court's careful and thorough review of the evidence and legal issues posed in this case.
His lawyer confirmed the 18-year-old now has chickenpox and hopes to be over it next week.
"We found a neighbour that had it, and I went and made sure every one of them got it", Bevin said in an interview in March.
Chickenpox is a highly contagious virus that causes blisters, itching and fever, though it is generally not fatal.
"The ban was stupid", Wiest said.
"A person who has contracted chickenpox can be infectious for up to two days before experiencing the rash that is associated with the virus". "Our first concern is always protection of the public health and implementing reasonable, medically-approved control measures that are created to safeguard our region's population, including those who are most vulnerable to the threat of infectious disease".
"Wiest's comments are dismissive of the severity of this virus, and his recent announcement that he is advising his clients to actively contract the virus so that they can become individually immune to it is deeply concerning".
The Northern Kentucky Health Department seems to agree that Wiest is being idiotic.