‘My child my choice’: Protest outside of elementary school wants school board to end mask requirement
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Just before 8 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 13 around 30 people gathered in front of Century Elementary School to protest the Grand Forks Public School district’s mask requirement.
They said they want the freedom to choose whether their child wears a mask in school.
“To put masks on children under the context of trying to protect them from COVID-19 is beyond foolish because it’s very harmful. The children are suffering emotionally.” said Executive Director for the Midwest Public Health Coalition, David Waterman.
Holding signs saying ‘let our kids breathe’ and ‘my child my choice’ both parents and kids were hoping to get their message across loud and clear.
“The mandate that is imposed by the school board is not based on science, it’s based on fear.” said Waterman.
He said by making students wear masks, he believes the district is harming their education.
“Children can’t communicate with each other with a mask over their nose and mouth.” said Waterman, “Their expressions are blocked, it makes them fearful. It doesn’t stop the virus, and it prevents them from learning.”
One mom said she attended the protest to stand for freedom.
“We think they should have the right to choose whether they believe masking works or not.” said the mother.
The group protested outside of the school for an hour while many cars driving by honked and waved in support, but a handful in opposition voiced their opinions too.
Several protesters said they plan to attend the Grand Forks school board meeting set to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 13.
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