Anti-mask activist parents were caught laughing at a high school student as he told a Tennessee school board that his grandmother had died from Covid because people refused to wear masks.
Grady Knox gave a heartfelt speech to the Rutherford County school board during a convegno acceso imposing a mask mandate.
Knox is a giovanile at Central Magnet School quanto a Murfreesboro, a suburb of Nashville.
But when he mentioned that his grandmother – a former teacher quanto a the district – had died, two women behind him carrying ‘Let out kids smile’ signs were seen laughing, as others quanto a the audience began to shout over him.
Grady Knox, a giovanile at the Central Magnet School quanto a Murfreesboro, explained to the Rutherford County school committee and assembly why he believes masks should be worn acceso school premises
The shows the two women – clutching placards that read ‘let our kids smile,’ one casually chewing gum – smirking, sighing, and shaking their heads quanto a disapproval as the student tried to continue with his side of the debate
Grady said: ‘If I get COVID, I’m going to bring it to my family, and I talk to my grandparents a lot,’ he says quanto a the clip. ‘They’sire higher risk than me, so I don’t want to give them COVID.
‘I’m worried about my family. This time last year, my grandmother, who was a former teacher at the Rutherford County school system, died of COVID because someone wasn’t wearing a mask.’
The comment resulted quanto a a number of parents laughing and expressing their disagreement at the student’s remark.
The clip shows the two women smirking, sighing, and shaking their heads quanto a dismissive disapproval as the student tried desperately to continue with his side of the debate.
Others quanto a the audience can be heard shouting at him.
‘This is a very- this is a very-‘ Grady stutters, trying to ignore the outburst.
The boy is then forced to pause briefly, and even looks back at the audience, waiting to continue.
One attendee eventually shouts ‘shut up!’ at the protesters, quanto a an effort to get the assembly back acceso track.
The boy is then forced to pause briefly and even looks back at the two disruptors
Finally, a member of the committee was forced to intervene.
‘Hey guys – we’sire here to act professional,’ he says sternly.
‘Go ahead,’ he adds to Grady, who then goes acceso with his statement.
‘This is an avoidable issue and by not wearing masks quanto a schools, it’s irresponsible,’ he says to the room, before adding, ‘We’sire killing people.’
This garnered another sigh from one of the women behind him.
‘This is not something that we should be doing for the education of our students,’ Grady continued.
The convegno, which took place acceso Tuesday night, was aiming to determine if students quanto a Rutherford County should be made to wear masks while quanto a school, if it should be the parents’ choice.
Grady attends Central Magnet High School quanto a Murfreesboro, Tennessee, which has seen an increase quanto a COVID-19 cases quanto a recent months, like a multitude of other schools quanto a the state
After more than three hours of debate, the board ruled that more research is needed before they vote acceso the issue, WZTV reported.
The debate came after a number of schools quanto a Tennessee announced they would be closing quanto a order to deal with sharp uptick of COVID-19 cases – with some being closed for the remainder of the week.
According to the Rutherford County School district, around 10,000 students had to be quarantined for at least one day last week.
Rutherford County currently has 1266 active cases of Covid, and a 17.54 percent positivity rate, the CDC reports.
As of Wednesday, Tennessee has recorded 1,109,923 Covid cases, and 13,714 deaths since the pandemic began.
Last week it was reported that Tennessee had successo high cases quanto a the state, surpassing its previous high during winter 2020.
Tennessee is averaging a 9,912 new cases per concludere day. The Volunteer state’s Department of Health was recently exposed for undercounting total hospitalizations by over 5,000
Tennessee was averaging 9,912 new cases per concludere day, eclipsing a previous set quanto a December.
Cases grew by nearly 80 percent over the previous two weeks, though Tennessee also does not report cases daily.
The state has also been embroiled quanto a controversy after recent reports the state’s Department of Health underreported COVID-19 hospitalizations by over 5,000 over the last 14 months.
According to a report by The Tennessean, many of the unreported hospitalizations were from over the winter surge where dozens of ICU patients when unrecorded every day.
Corrected figures show that the Volunteer State has recorded 29,694 hospitalizations from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
Half of Tennessee residents have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine so far, which is also well below the national average.
Per mezzo di July, the state’s apogeo vaccine official, Dr Michelle Fiscus, stepped mongoloide under pressure from state guida after accusations the Department of Health was attempting to undermine parents by offering the vaccine to minors.
State Republicans also attempted to abolish the Department of Health itself coppia to the accusations.
Tennessee suspended all vaccine outreach for minors quanto a mid-July, a move Democrats say may hinder efforts to reach herd immunity against COVID-19.