A Tennessee group went viral for anti-mask violence. Now a college is closed on account of COVID-19

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On Friday, Fairview Center Faculty in Williamson County might be closed. Williamson County Board of Training member Rick Wimberly tweeted that “Fairview Center to be closed tomorrow due to COVID circumstances (187 of 560 college students, 23 of 77 school). We’ll have to make use of one in every of ten climate days for them and no distant studying will be supplied due to new State necessities.”

These numbers are fairly a bit increased than they have been only a few days in the past when Williamson County Schools updated their data. The Tennessean stories that new numbers are to be launched on Friday—a brand new choice as they’d deliberate on solely releasing numbers on Tuesdays.* This comes on the identical day that WSMV, a Nashville NBC affiliate reported that Williamson County has had “3,500 masks exemptions for non secular or medical causes have been filed.” That quantity is reportedly set to extend as Gov. Invoice Lee signed an govt order on Monday permitting dad and mom to simply opt out of mask mandates.

Not each dad or mum in Tennessee represents this failure of public well being coverage. There are various within the Volunteer State who imagine, even on a rudimentary degree, that the cognitive dissonance it takes to defend sexist dress codes for schools while blathering on about how wearing a mask hurts their child’s freedom is an untenable position. And sadly, like the remainder of anti-mask and anti-vaccine activism, this battle is just not remoted to Tennessee. From Florida to Kentucky to Texas, faculty boards and conservative governors are pushing really harmful public well being positions. The sheer illegal overreach on the part of people like Gov. Greg Abbott has been holding the shine off the veneer of sanity within the upcoming faculty 12 months.

And simply because there’s a very vocal group of death-panel-like conservative operatives sowing the seeds of dissent with loud and violent rhetoric, nearly all of Individuals in all walks of life do not agree at all with these terrible public health positions. 

Right here’s a reminder of the group of oldsters who learn a factor someplace and heard a factor in regards to the Structure sooner or later, and have determined they know a factor or two about public well being and security. They’re protesting faculty board members who’re making an attempt to vote to guard their kids.

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And right here is the dialectic response to a group of anti-science dad and mom.

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And a reminder of how a lot these communities really worth their kids’s schooling and the people who make their kids’s schooling doable.

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*New knowledge has not but been launched as of the writing of this story.