Rulings by school boards to force children to wear masks when they return to classrooms has enraged parents who have shown up in large numbers to express their opinions at meetings, a sign of growing resistance to the petty tyranny of local bureaucrats.
One parent who called out school officials was Matt Walsh of the popular conservative website The Daily Wire who delivered a stern lecture to the Metro Nashville school board which last week voted 8-1 in favor of universal masking for the upcoming school year.
The father of four unloaded on the board who he accused of ignoring the science with their “cruel and indefensible mask mandate for children” which he called child abuse.
Walsh posted the video of his two-minute speech this week on Twitter.
Here is my speech to the Nashville School Board where I spoke out against the cruel and indefensible mask mandate for children pic.twitter.com/Eq5IFsKyja
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) August 12, 2021
“My name is Matt Walsh. I’m a community member in Nashville and a father of four,” he began. “You on the school board decided that our kids should go to school all day, every day wearing muzzles like rabid dogs.”
“I have listened to your arguments and I’ve noticed that they are missing a few things – namely evidence, data, science, common sense, and basic human decency,” he said. “You presented no facts at all so let me do that now: COVID poses almost no risk to our kids at all. 4.2 million children have tested positive for COVID, a total of .008 of them have died.”
He added: “What about the flu? The CDC estimates that 480 kids died from the flu in the 2018-2019 season, that’s more than have died from COVID in a year and a half.
“Now did anyone on this board suggest at any point in that year that kids wear masks?” he asked, pointing his finger at the embattled members.
“Did anyone in this room suggest that at any point that anyone wear masks for flu, which again which is more dangerous to kids than COVID? That’s a fact,” Walsh added, gesturing at the audience which applauded.
“Do you know what it’s called when you force your children to wear masks for fear of a virus that poses almost no threat to them?” he asked. “It’s called child abuse.”
He didn’t relent, “If you think I’m exaggerating then how would you respond to a parent who forced his kid to wear a football helmet every day all day for fear of falling coconuts and meteors?”
“Your kid is almost as likely to die of COVID as he is a rock from the sky and yet if you saw that, you would say to that parent that he is abusive but he is forcing his kid to participate in this utterly insane charade in order to satisfy his delusional psychotic hypochondria,” Walsh continued.
“Now, do any of you know what psychological damage we do to children by asking them to cover their faces, teaching them the air is toxic, that everyone around them is sick?” asked Walsh. “Have you wondered about the health effects of asking them to breathe through sweat and spit and dirt-soaked rags every single day? What does it do to a child’s immune system if he has to wear a mask all day, every day?”
Walsh isn’t the only conservative media figure with a national profile who showed up at a school board meeting in Tennessee this week. Clay Travis, of the nationally syndicated “Clay & Buck Show,” shamed the board of the Williamson County Schools for engaging in “cosmetic theatre” with their own mask mandate.
The Biden administration has intensified its efforts to ensure that the nation’s children will be forced to endure the humiliation of having to wear the stifling face diapers and is using both the media and Democrat-aligned teachers as its muscle in order to force compliance and school boards are falling in line even in red states where only a few short weeks ago, parents and students were looking forward to a return to normalcy.
But resistance is building and will continue to do so as Washington continues to increase the pressure on the vaccine-hesitant.
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