In the Tennessee school board meeting, parents fought against the masks mandates. A few hundred parents attended and overwhelmed the meeting.
In the beginning, the school board tried to eliminate the attendees because they didn’t wear masks. But then, the parents began storming out of the meeting on their own!
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Here’s the video I tried to tweet earlier but wouldn’t go through. A man was being disruptive during the Williamson County Schools meeting and deputies escorted him out. Dozens of enraged anti-mask parents followed. pic.twitter.com/5LXDCJiInW
— Brinley Hineman (@brinleyhineman) August 11, 2021
It was only the beginning, then things went out of control, and several parents went after school board members and healthcare experts to their cars.
‘We know who you are… we will find you’ — These anti-maskers blatantly threatened a doctor and others who spoke in favor of mask mandates at a Tennessee school board meeting pic.twitter.com/W5c4M0B9d5
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) August 12, 2021
Outside the school board meeting in Tennessee, crowds heckling masked people as they left the session, with one man saying, "We know who you are. You can leave freely, but we will find you.”https://t.co/zOYeYtZpsm
— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) August 12, 2021
Disturbing threats. So much rage. ‘We will find you': Tennessee parents protest school mask mandate; people in masks heckled https://t.co/OyfdyYDP5A
— Richard Engel (@RichardEngel) August 12, 2021
You have to know that these are organic protests. It isn’t similar to the BLM, and there isn’t any dark money for starting the protests. Also, the parents didn’t ask for media coverage,
All the parents organized themselves and wanted their voices to be heard.
It seems like these are the pre-Tea Party days, with grassroots energy, which waits to spark a nationwide movement.
CNN covered the story.
Heated arguments spilled out into the parking lot Tuesday night after a school board in a suburban Tennessee county approved a temporary requirement for masks in elementary schools due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
As debates over masks in US schools have reemerged as the academic year begins, the Board of Education in Williamson County, just south of Nashville, approved the mask requirement for elementary school students, staff and visitors inside all buildings and on buses beginning Thursday and ending September 21, according to information from the school district.
With the highly contagious Delta variant, Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations among children have been on the rise. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends students from kindergarten through grade 12 wear masks in school, along with teachers and visitors, while the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends masks in schools for everyone over age 2.
And real-life evidence about masks leaves little doubt that they work.
During the Tennessee school board’s special session, parents on both sides of the mask issue shared strong opinions.
“At my hospital, we’re seeing otherwise healthy people in their 30s and 40s getting sick, and the case counts are going up exponentially and some are dying,” said Dr. Britt Maxwell, an internal medicine specialist who later told CNN he went to the meeting because “my children are at risk.”
“We have to do everything we can to protect the whole community, and that means the people in this room that don’t agree with me and their kids in the classrooms,” Maxwell said at the meeting. “If we don’t do this, we’re going to have school shutdowns and quarantines and needless tragedies, and I don’t want that for my community.”
One parent, who identified himself as Daniel Jordan, a former Marine, told the board, “Actions have consequences. If you vote for this, we will come for you, in a nonviolent way. … In the past, you dealt with sheep; now prepare yourself to deal with lions.”
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Jennifer King, a parent and pediatric intensive care physician, said, “As a pediatric ICU physician, we are seeing more younger previously healthy children admitted with respiratory failure and acute respiratory distress syndrome than we have in prior strains, as cases in children are on the rise. This trend will only worsen if we don’t act now.”
During the meeting, the crowd cheered, clapped and booed, and people holding signs were at one point asked to clear the room.
Outside, crowds heckled masked people as they left the session, with one man saying, “We know who you are. You can leave freely, but we will find you,” video obtained by CNN shows. A Williamson County Sheriff’s Office sergeant could be seen imploring the crowd to be peaceful.
“It was shocking,” Maxwell told CNN on Thursday morning. Maxwell left the meeting early, after the public speaking portion, he said. The energy in the room was “hot,” he said, and he knew “things were going to get a lot worse.”
Maxwell and his wife, who is also a medical professional, braced themselves before walking outside, he said. “I took my wife’s arm and I said, ‘Just remember, no matter what they say, these are the lives we’re trying to save.’”
There was a crowd chanting when they stepped outside, Maxwell said. Someone approached him, “put their hand in my face and called me a traitor.”
“I don’t see how anyone can say that when I’ve been on the front lines of this pandemic since the beginning, treating patients in rooms, unvaccinated for the vast majority of it, hoping I wouldn’t take it home to my family. And for someone to say that, it’s mind-blowing,” he told CNN.
Maxwell didn’t see video of the encounters outside the meeting until the next morning, and it scared him, he said, adding it’s not acceptable to threaten or harass people.
Asked if he feels safe, Maxwell said he likes to believe the outburst of anger was the result of a few people who lost control of their emotions.
The mass media calls this a heated protest, but we can see that the protesters are only speaking! We can’t see fires, looting, or any kind of violence!
However, Biden criticized the parents who want to protect their children and freedom!
President Biden calls health workers 'heroes' after seeing video of Williamson County school board meetinghttps://t.co/G0n1dhtf9E
— NewsChannel 5 (@NC5) August 12, 2021
Biden says doctors are "doing their best to care for the people who refuse to get vaccinated."
"Thank you," Biden says to local officials standing up to governors to support mask mandates. "Thank god we have heroes like you. I stand with you all and America should as well."
— Joey Garrison (@joeygarrison) August 12, 2021
— WSMV News4 Nashville (@WSMV) August 12, 2021
I hate that Biden and his administration politicize everything, even the pandemic!
WSMV announced that Biden weighed in:
The president discussed the viral video of parents in Williamson County heckling others after a school board meeting this week.
During a heated, hours-long meeting on Tuesday, the Williamson County School Board approved a measure to require all elementary school students to wear a mask. Following the meeting, the video shows parents chasing and yelling at board members in the parking lot.
“This isn’t about politics; this is about keeping our children safe,” President Joe Biden said.
Biden addressed the video at the start of a news conference. He had a strong message for everyone involved in the Williamson County incident. He made it clear that masks mandates are not about politics.
“I saw a video and reports from Tennessee of protestors threatening doctors and nurses who were before a school board, making the case that to keep kids safe, they’re should be mandatory masks. As they walked out, they were threatened,” Biden said. “You know our healthcare workers are heroes. They were the heroes when there was no vaccine. Many of them gave their lives trying to save others. And they’re heroes again with the vaccine.”
The president also thanked all the local leaders, teachers, and superintendents for taking a stand and making decisions to put safety protocols in place for children.
Does Biden want to make a difference? If he truly wanted that, he wouldn’t politicize this issue!