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Some of the madness the American populace has endured as a result of their own government repeatedly shoving their heads into drywall since March 10, 2020, has engendered firecrackers who simply won’t go gently into that good night.
A principal at an upscale Manhattan school is NOT one of those warrior poets.
Introducing Beacon High School principal Brady Smith, who seeks to undermine the New York City mayor’s ending of the school mask mandate by reminding parents and teachers – surreptitiously – to ask that students wear a mask. Ya know, just be real quiet about it and don’t tell your folks.
“While teachers cannot mandate a mask in their classroom, they may request that students wear one as many of us have vulnerable loved ones at home,” Smith wrote in a letter obtained by The New York Post.
“My English teacher said ‘It’s preferred in my class to keep wearing the mask’ so I put it back on,” one unnamed freshman said. “You know what that means.”
A Beacon senior said he resented receiving a similar admonishment.
“My history teacher asked us to please keep wearing our masks,” said Kaan Bayram, 17. “I don’t think it’s right, the social pressure he was creating. It’s social pressure!”
Another male senior who asked not to be identified said his instructor discouraged taking off masks.
“One of my teachers asked us to keep wearing them last night,” he said. “It was his message to all of us on Google Classroom. They use it to post assignments, class assignments. He said his family members had co-morbidity and some other teachers had new babies and they want us to keep wearing masks.”
A Beacon parent said teachers should not influence students on the matter one way or another.
“Look, it’s either up to the kid and their parents or it isn’t,” the mom told the Post. “Do we have any say over anything anymore? Can the kids request that their teachers take their masks off so they can hear them again? I’m guessing not.”
Mom has a good point.
“It’s outrageous and illegal and inappropriate,” she said Monday. “Guilting children into wearing masks based on unscientific assertions on a day that should be joyous is cruel and unkind.”
Other Beacon students said they were more comfortable wearing masks and that the vast majority of their classmates kept them on while in class and on campus.
Whether that is a function of learned behavior or a COVID-related phenomenon, it is likely to make psychologists around the globe an obscene of money in the coming years.
Department of Education spokesperson Nathaniel Styer echoed that theme when asked about Smith’s advisory.
“The decision to wear or not wear a face covering is now entirely up to students, parents and staff; those decisions should be respected and those criticizing others for their decisions should be counseled to respect the choices of others,” he said.
Parent and now-congressional candidate Maud Maron characterized the principal’s accommodation as an implied endorsement of “emotional blackmail,” much like a desperate Democrat running for office would.
Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci – once canonized along with Andrew Cuomo – has quietly disappeared from American mythology.
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