A six-year-old boy from Las Vegas has become the latest internet sensation after he refused to take off his mask on photo day at school because his mother told him not to take it off unless he’s eating.
Mason Peoples’ insistence on listening to his mother has been hailed on social media, where inspired fans have donated more than $18,000 to his college fund.
Young Mason may have taken his mother’s instructions too literally last week when he went to his primary school where he is in the first grade.
When it came time to shoot his portrait, the photographer was shocked when the boy politely declined his invitation to remove his face covering.
“My mom told me to keep it on all the time unless I’m eating and away from everyone,” Mason told the photographer.
Mason Peoples, 6, became a viral internet sensation last week after his mom posted this photo of him having his school photo taken. Mason declined the photographer’s invitation to take off his mask because ‘Mom said I should always keep it on unless I’m eating and away from everyone’
Mason’s mother, Nicole Peoples, wrote a Facebook post detailing the original interaction. The message was written on Monday. Since late Saturday night, it has generated more than 23,000 emotional responses and more than 16,000 shares
Facebook users praised her son. ‘You should be proud! It must be hard to stand up to an adult, but he had the confidence to stand up for what he thought was right. Well done mom!’ wrote Alis Meece
According to Mason’s mother, the photographer replied, “I’m sure it’s okay to take him off for your photos.”
But the boy wouldn’t defy his mother’s instructions, even for the class photo.
“No, my mom seriously told me to keep it on,” he said.
“Are you sure you don’t want to take it off for two seconds?” the photographer asked Mason.
Mason replied, “No, thanks! I always listen to my mother!’
The photographer realized there was no hope of convincing the boy to take off the mask, so he took the photo with Mason’s face covering to hide his smile.
“Okay, say cheese!” said the photographer.
Mason’s mother, Nicole Peoples, wrote a Facebook post detailing the original interaction. The message was written on Monday.
Since late Saturday night, it has generated more than 23,000 emotional responses and more than 16,000 shares.
Facebook users praised her son.
‘You should be proud! It must be hard to stand up to an adult, but he had the confidence to stand up for what he thought was right. Well done mom!’ wrote Alis Meece.
Nicole Peoples replied, ‘Thank you! Yes, I am so proud of my little man.’
Leila Anderson commented, ‘I love it! What an incredible reminder of this crazy era we live in.”
‘This is hilariously cute!! Lol,” wrote Darrisa Prenee.
Shanesha S. Davis commented, “Priceless.”
The outpouring of online support and people’s desire to buy Mason a treat led his mother to give a GoFundMe crowdfunding page.
Mason Peoples’ insistence on listening to his mother has been hailed on social media, where inspired fans have donated more than $18,000 to his college fund
Initially, the target was set at a paltry $7 – with the expectation that it would result in a few candy bars or ice cream.
But the page was flooded late Saturday with some 900 donations for a total of more than $18,000.
“Mason and I are overjoyed and in awe of the outpouring of love we received over his photo from a school day,” Nicole Peoples wrote on GoFundMe.
“He has read so many of your comments with the biggest smile on his face! He is so happy to see so many people proud of him and say he did so well! (He’s so proud!).
‘You all made my little one’s day!!
“He is such a kind hearted, caring, loving, smart and helpful little boy.
“Thank you for showing him that his honesty and integrity will make a big difference in this world.”
Nicole Peoples told CNN that her grandfather, who raised her and was a father figure to her, died in January after contracting COVID-19.
That loss made her children realize why it was important to keep wearing masks, she said.
“He was a very important part of our lives, our daily lives, so Mason was influenced, they saw it firsthand,” Peoples said.
“So that experience really makes Mason want to wear his mask and know that it protects not only him, but other people, his elders and other people around him.”
She said her son also follows the rules throughout the house, including making his bed and cleaning his room.
‘He is very proud’ [and] he loves to show me how he followed the rules, so that’s why he was so excited to come home and tell me about that photo story,” Peoples said.