A fourth-grader at an emergency school board meeting courageously stood up and pleaded his case to end the mask mandate at his school immediately instead of when the school year ends on June 1st. The speech has since gone viral.
There are only twelve days left in the school year. But for some inexplicable reason, the board members voted 4 to 1 to make masks optional beginning on June 1st… the day after the school year ends.
Martin County School District is in Florida. According to the new ruling, masks will be optional during summer school and at graduation ceremonies.
Ten-year-old John displayed more spine than the majority of adults as he stood in front of the board members and fearlessly and eloquently told them about his experiences in school this year. He knew that the school year would be different but he didn’t expect it to stay that way all year long: “I was surprised by the rules. A lot of them didn’t make any sense to me, like the fact that we were not allowed to play on the playground or have student council or turn to face each other at lunch. And we also have to wear masks outside at PE and on track,” John recounted.
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The young boy stated that he loves his school but made it clear he was distressed that teachers yell at students for not wearing their masks correctly or lowering them to get a drink of water even when they are outside in the “car line”: “I love my school and all, but my teachers seem really stressed and that makes me feel bad. One teacher walks around with a clipboard full of referrals for any student whose mask isn’t on properly. It makes me feel scared. That same teacher yells at us having our mask down to drink water while we are outside in the car line,” the little boy shared.
“She told us we had to wait until we were in her parents’ car to have a drink of water. She had her mask down the entire time while she was yelling at us, which makes me and all my friends very mad. This happens a lot.” John noted. “And it seems unfair teachers take their masks off while they yell at us kids and that we need to pull ours up. I asked my mom if there is a word for this and she said there is, hypocrisy,” the 4th grader said as he expertly leveled the teacher.
“Wearing a mask all day makes me feel really tired and gives me really bad headaches. Sometimes I’m in school and I need to lay low in the dark until they’re gone. My mask also sticks to my face when it’s hot and it makes it hard to breathe. I feel like I can’t catch my breath and that makes me feel claustrophobic and anxious. It’s really stressful,” John commented.
A mother spoke after John left the microphone and also pleaded with the board to drop the mask mandate: “We have a little over two weeks left of school, I’m asking you to please let the children see the faces of their classmates and the emotions of their classmates again. Children are in the middle of a long testing period. I ask that you allow them to do it without a mask. I have a fifth-grader and an eighth-grader that would be participating in moving up ceremonies. And I am asking that you allowed to let them do that without a mask,” she emotionally argued.
“As the year has progressed and we’ve collected more data and a better understanding of the virus, I believe there is absolutely no reason for my child to be wearing a mask in school, certainly not a mask outdoors in the Florida heat,” said Tiffany Williams, who is a parent in Martin County.
People on Twitter were very moved by John’s speech:
This made me cry omggg
— Stasie Sats (@StasieSats) May 18, 2021
Didn’t name names, but they know who they are. Lol
— Tim early (@Timearly3) May 18, 2021
Imagine that in a room full of grown adults the 10 year old is the most logical
— Austin Carrier (@austincarrier11) May 18, 2021
I’d rather have him as our president than the current one
— Брайс Харпер (@BryceBomb3) May 18, 2021
A commercial for school choice if I ever saw one.
— Stephen Smoot (@S_A_Smoot) May 18, 2021
Wow, Good for you John! Your parents must be so proud…
— Linda LeBoeuf (@Lynninjersey) May 18, 2021
Words of wisdom from a child! Enough already!! This has gone on way to long!
— Busterman (@Jmac103John) May 18, 2021
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