IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. — There was applause at Monday night’s Iredell-Statesville Board of Education meeting for parents calling out board members for keeping students in masks.
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“Take the masks off our children,” parent Carrie Prejean Boller said. “It’s our choice as parents. It’s my child, my choice. The facts don’t — like, children are not affected by this virus.”
Boller organized a parental protest and they let board members know that if they don’t get rid of the masks, there will be consequences at the ballot box.
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“Every registered voter, we’re gonna organize them,” parent Michael Phelps said. “We’re gonna enlist them. We’re gonna train them, and we’re gonna campaign viciously to toss every one of you all out of office.”
The parents believe that the mask has outlived its usefulness, and the pandemic is in the rear-view mirror.
“It’s hard because I can’t breathe. Sometimes, I feel I’m gonna pass out,” said Gracie Caminiti, a 13-year-old student.
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A couple of board members supported the parents but said they couldn’t vote to do away with masks because it’s a state mandate, and they would be liable if something were to happen.
“Our governor, in my opinion, has overstepped his authority, but I will not put this board in jeopardy,” said board member Bill Howell.
The district did not change it’s policy on Monday, saying it would create a liability, so students are still required to wear masks until the state mandate is lifted.