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The school board decided to keep things as parent’s choice. So, success!
The nature of the meeting was that we didn’t have much opportunity to interact with one another, but emotions being high, that was likely a good thing.
Considering the short notice and the early hour, I was impressed by the crowd. I arrived at 8:30 and couldn’t find parking. I parked illegally and entered the very crowded room with standing room only.
Figuring out how to get on the docket for public statements was tricky. I figured out I was supposed to fill out a paper with my name, topic, address (proof of residence I guess), and submit it to the clerk who added me to a stack. My late addition had me speaking at 2:00, just after a childhood friend who I was not expecting to see.
A lot of parents came very well prepared and very anti-mask. The arguments ranged from constitutional and parental rights to science not supporting mask-wearing. We heard from stay-at-home moms, dads, ICU nurses, doctors, lawyers, and even a paramedic technician trained in properly fitting masks and PPE for medical professionals. Several students even presented, including a 12-year-old with a speech impediment. He received a standing ovation, certainly a confidence boost for someone who would typically avoid public speaking.
There were maybe a dozen mask mandate supporters, including a high school student who voiced her fears of being on campus with unmasked people, not understanding why they were whining while she was handling it in the 90-degree heat with asthma. She was the most pathetic. The most sympathetic was the father of an autistic boy who had been making so much progress in school, but his parents were uncomfortable with sending him to school without mandatory masking.
My kids’ music lesson provider was the one that angered me the most and I may give her a piece of my mind when we go tomorrow. Her equating her music studio, where kids mask for 30 minutes a week, to school masking was atrocious. I’d leave, but I really like our guitar instructor and creatives tending to be emotional thinkers, I doubt I’ll find anyone capable with different policies anyway.
The crowd was a bit unruly. I’m telling you, if you want allies against the left, you must learn to take them as they are. There were two or three that were far too conspiratorial for me. One that may have even been more conspiratorial than Carol (meant in friendly fashion). All were loud and sometimes obnoxious, with applause, booing, and a smattering of heckling. I occasionally got in on the fun and got a pretty sound warning from an officer for saying the surrounding school boards suck when a presenter was appealing to their actions for why we should instate mandates. Having come from one of those counties, I have first-hand knowledge.
It may be my bias, but I feel the rowdy rudeness of the anti maskers was far less burdensome than the condescension of the people behind us who believed that all of our sources were false information. The anti maskers provided sources from the CDC, NIH, AAPS, and foreign scientific studies. I think the condescension was poorly earned and that their presentations were laced with their hatred for the rest of us, while we continually reached out a hand acknowledging their concerns and rights to mask their kids. One, I would categorize as an angry Joy from “The View.” She even glowered at the people behind her.
I think it was an excellent experience. But I may think differently if I had been the minority. I know a lot of pro-maskers that were poorly represented, but I hope the crowd today was representative of the whole.
*This is an update to a previous post. To see the long version of my presentation, find it here.Published in