The Vicksburg Warren College District Board of Trustees was met with chanting, sign-waving protesters previous to Thursday’s assembly, throughout which the board set a date to finish its masks mandate: Jan. 14, 2022.
Whereas some in attendance have been happy with the board’s resolution to determine a “mild on the finish of the tunnel,” as board member Kimble Slaton known as it, others have been upset that the mandate wasn’t instantly lifted.
Whereas chanting “No extra masks!” and “Youngsters study by means of facial features!” some dad and mom attending the protest stated they felt the necessity to struggle for his or her kids. One such guardian was Lesha Seale, who stated she moved her household 14 hours from Florida to Vicksburg and has two kids in VWSD.
“My children don’t need to be in the midst of this, however my 10-year-old comes residence day by day with a headache and takes a two-hour nap. She’s failing college,” Seale stated. “I’m unsure I’ll ship my children again to highschool in any respect. There’s lots of people not sending their children to highschool anymore.”
This week, VWSD reported 4 college students out of seven,000 examined constructive for COVID-19. Board Vice President Bryan Pratt acknowledged this through the assembly, stating the district has seen an 87-percent lower in circumstances since college began.
George Ezell, one other guardian who confirmed as much as protest, stated he feels masks mandates will do extra hurt to kids in the long term.
“My daughter, she goes to highschool, she wears a masks on a regular basis, and I’ve observed that she retains a sinus drawback quite a bit now. Previous to masks, she didn’t have that drawback,” he stated. “Your physique has to absorb germs to ensure that your immune system to construct up. In the event that they’re not in a position to get within the germs and stuff they want, their immune system goes to weaken.
“Hell, they’re going to assist kill them by not letting their immune techniques do the work.”
Ezell and Seale additionally decried Important Race Concept curriculum, and stated he felt the district was overstepping its bounds by way of elevating kids versus educating them.
“That is our kids. The varsity is there for the kids to study,” Ezell stated. “When the youngsters are there, they inform them what to do. However in terms of their well being, depart that to the dad and mom to take care of. In order for you your baby to put on a masks, high quality, put a masks in your baby. COVID, to a masks, is like throwing a BB at a chainlink fence.”
Throughout Thursday’s assembly and the board’s October assembly, statements from Vicksburg Doctor and Mississippi State Well being Officer Dr. Dan Edney have been cited. Edney stated in a letter and through telephone that he didn’t help eradicating the masks mandate, based mostly on steerage from the CDC and Mississippi State Division of Well being medical doctors.
Protester Charlotte Worthington said she wasn’t so certain the MSDH actually had kids’s greatest pursuits at coronary heart.
“I actually don’t care about Dr. (Thomas) Dobbs or Edney or whoever,” she stated. “Why would I belief them? How do I do know they’re telling the reality? Each county is completely different to me and everyone knows that. Our county will not be like Neshoba or Hinds County. We’re completely different.”
The dad and mom stated the subsequent step they deliberate to take was to maintain their kids residence from college in protest, or start homeschooling them full-time as a substitute for attending VWSD faculties with a masks order in place.
Terri Cowart Frazier contributed to this report.