A Delaware County Court of Common Pleas judge has ruled that simply having a “sincerely held religious belief” is not enough to prove discrimination for denial of a religious exemption to a private school’s vaccination policy for students.

In a Sept. 14 ruling, Judge Kelly Eckel denied plaintiff Dominic Beck’s petition for a preliminary injunction against The Williamson College of the Trades in Media, Pennsylvania, ruling that his religious discrimination claim related to his expulsion for not getting the COVID-19 vaccine would likely not succeed on the merits under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, and that he failed to exhaust his administrative remedies first.