One 4th grader is gaining lots of attention on social media after giving his reasons to end the mask mandate at an emergency board meeting. There are less than 12 days of the school year remaining but leaders voted 4-1 to make masks optional beginning June 1 which is after the current school year ending date.
Martin County School District in Florida, voted to keep the mask mandate for its final 12 days of school and after June 1, masks will be optional for graduation ceremonies and during summer school.
10-year-old John stood in front of Martin County board members sharing how he expected school to be different at the beginning of the year but not that things would stay the same all year long.
“I was surprised by the rules. A lot of them didn’t make any sense to me, like the fact that we were not allowed to play on the playground or have student council or turn to face each other at lunch. And we also have to wear masks outside at PE and on track,” John shared.
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John shared how he loves his school but teachers yell at students for having masks down to drink water even though they are outside in the ‘car line.’
“I love my school and all, but my teachers seem really stressed and that makes me feel bad. One teacher walks around with a clipboard full of referrals for any student whose mask isn’t on properly. It makes me feel scared. That same teacher yells at us having our mask down to drink water while we are outside in the car line,” the 4th grader shared.
“She told us we had to wait until we were in her parents’ car to have a drink of water. She had her mask down the entire time while she was yelling at us, which makes me and all my friends very mad. This happens a lot.” John also shared.
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“And it seems unfair teachers take their masks off while they yell at us kids and that we need to pull ours up. I asked my mom if there is a word for this and she said there is, hypocrisy,” the 4th grader called out the teacher.
“Wearing a mask all day makes me feel really tired and gives me really bad headaches. Sometimes I’m in school and I need to lay low in the dark until they’re gone. My mask also sticks to my face when it’s hot and it makes it hard to breathe. I feel like I can’t catch my breath and that makes me feel claustrophobic and anxious. It’s really stressful,” John stated.
Some parents also shared their thoughts at the meeting about making masks optional.
“We have a little over two weeks left of school, I’m asking you to please let the children see the faces of their classmates and the emotions of their classmates again. Children are in the middle of a long testing period. I ask that you allow them to do it without a mask. I have a fifth-grader and an eighth-grader that would be participating in moving up ceremonies. And I am asking that you allowed to let them do that without a mask,” one parent emotionally shared.
“As the year has progressed and we’ve collected more data and a better understanding of the virus, I believe there is absolutely no reason for my child to be wearing a mask in school, certainly not a mask outdoors in the Florida heat,” said Tiffany Williams, a parent in Martin County, WPBF reported.
Watch 4th Grader Roasts Teacher On Wearing Masks Below: