A woman who refused to put her mask back on during a Texas public board meeting was carried out of the building by police in her seat.
Tuesday’s incident, which quickly spread online, comes weeks after an executive order by Governor Greg Abbott banning masks and vaccination mandates was overturned.
The woman was wearing her mask when she arrived at the Northside Independent School District Board of Trustees, district spokesman Barry Perez said. KSAT. But at one point she removed it and refused to put it back on when the district officials and then the police asked.
‘The person refused’ [to place her face covering back on], and when asked to leave, he also refused,” Perez said.
“The Northside ISD officers then lifted her chair and, with her still seated, carried her out of the room.”
‘The person refused’ [to place her face covering back on], and when asked to leave, he also declined,” said Northside Independent School District representative Barry Perez.
“Northside ISD officers then lifted her chair and carried it out of the room while she was still seated,” district spokesman Barry Perez said.
Perez told MailOnline on August 26 that, to his knowledge, no charges had been filed in the incident.
“The person is not a school administrator. I understand she is a parent. I can’t confirm her name,” he said.
Neither the concerned district police department nor the San Antonio Police Department could be reached for comment or further information.
A mask mandate on the school board went into effect Monday, the district’s first day of school, after it was passed by the board of trustees on Aug. 17, KSAT said.
Attendees at the Northside Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting (held in the building pictured) spent much of their 45 minutes of public commentary yelling at board members about their new mask mandate, KSAT reported.
Other meeting participants can be heard screaming in protest as the woman, calm in her chair, is lifted and carried out of the building.
“This is ridiculous,” said one man.
“This is tyranny,” you hear a woman yell.
‘Are you kidding me?’ said another man.
“Someone’s stopping them,” one male participant said.
A man tried to stand between the two officers carrying the woman out of the room, but moved quickly.
Meeting attendees spent much of the 45 minutes making public comments during the meeting denouncing the mandate to trustees, KSAT reported.
“Forcing children to wear masks against their will is child abuse,” said one parent. ‘You instill fear in them. I won’t do that to my children.’
“We teach them to be afraid that the air is poisonous and we teach them to be afraid of each other,” says another parent. “We’re using our kids to fight our political battles, and that’s wrong.”
A man tried to stand between the two officers carrying the woman out of the room, but quickly folded.
Governor Greg Abbott last month signed an executive order banning masks and COVID-19 vaccination mandates, declaring it would promote “individual rights and responsibility” in the Lone Star State.
But Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo — whose role is more like that of a mayor than a judge — announced Thursday that all students in schools and daycare centers from kindergarten through 12th grade must wear a mask at school.
Harris County joins Dallas and Bexar counties and the city of San Antonio in defying Abbott’s executive order banning schools or government agencies from wearing masks.
A judge issued a temporary restraining order to prevent the execution of Abbott’s executive order. He defended his executive order.
“The way forward relies on personal responsibility — not government mandates,” Abbott said. “The state of Texas will continue to vigorously fight the temporary restraining order to protect the rights and freedoms of all Texans.”
The conflicting orders are currently being resolved, and in the meantime, some Texas schools have taken advantage of the restraining order to institute mask requirements at the beginning of the school year.