Michigan parents pound on closed doors of school meetings to demand that children be allowed to go without masks
Dozens of Michigan parents bang on locked school doors to demand that their kids be allowed to return to class without masks amidst COVID surge in the state
- Michigan has one of the worst increases when it comes to COVID-19 cases
- Angry parents want their children to be able to go to school without masks
- Dozens of parents without masks came to a school rally at Hudsonville High School on Thursday to demand that facial mask rules for kids be dropped
- There were limits to the number of people allowed indoors, which angered the parents
- Parents were eventually asked to leave by security
- Michigan currently has the highest rate of new infections of any state
- Many new cases include childhood infections and outbreaks in schools
Angry parents in Michigan are demanding the state’s drop requirements for children to wear face masks in class, despite an increase in coronavirus cases.
Dozens of moms and dads from Hudsonville near Grand Rapids tried to bar into a school meeting to insist that masks weren’t required on school grounds for long.
More than 50 parents, most of whom did not wear masks, came to the Hudsonville Board of Education meeting hoping to explain their position to the board members.
Angry parents who want their kids to be able to go to school without wearing masks came to a school meeting at Hudsonville High School on Thursday
The parents demanded that facial mask rules for children be dropped
But the anger boiled over after not all attendees were able to enter the conference room due to capacity constraints that allowed only 80 people to enter.
Doug VanderJagt, superintendent of the school district, has said the district will continue to follow Michigan Department of Health and Human Services guidelines and require masks to be worn.
“ If we knew there would be 400 people coming in here, we would just have had the meeting online, ” he told MLive‘We didn’t know how much to expect, otherwise we could have had a larger room and went outside or virtually.
‘Our parents’ voices are extremely important for us to understand the pulse of the community, but at the moment it’s not enough for us to get rid of masks. Once it becomes an option, that’s another conversation, but not right now, ”VanderJagt said.
Parents who attended found that they were not allowed to come to the meeting, which only angered them further
There were limits on the number of people allowed inside, which made parents more angry because they had to wait outside
Parents were eventually asked by security to leave the school building
After the doors were sealed and locked, parents decided to bang on the outside of the hall to be let in and shout “let us in” until the school security guards ripped the crowd apart.
A mother of five said she was “very concerned” about schools requiring masks to be worn at school that she says are “physically unhealthy.”
“I think that’s a decision a parent should be able to make, given the harmful side effects it can cause. There is no real scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of masks for transmitting a virus, ”said Jeanette Schuiteman.
“The fact that there are no parents watching teachers and what’s going on, there’s so much chance that wrong things will happen,” she said.
Many other parents were left out in the cold
Schuiteman, who has a boy in 11th grade, spoke of her frustration after her son started failing when distance learning became the norm.
After trying to schedule a face-to-face meeting with her son’s teacher to discuss his progress, she was told that no such appointment would be available if parents did not enter the school premises.
‘It does not make any sense. Students get in touch with us and get in touch with all the other students, so it’s like I’m already getting in touch with the students because my students are in school. So it seems like a silly rule that doesn’t make much sense, ‘she said.