Georgia mom Courtney Ann Taylor went viral in a video blasting the school board for its mask mandate. She said at the Gwinnett County Public Schools meeting that the mandate placed an unfair burden on her 6-year-old daughter.
She argued that adults in Georgia are eligible for vaccination and that the mandate on young children has gone too far. The mother of three said students cannot play or interact normally at recess, which she called “heartbreaking.”
A chorus of applause followed her comments to the school board. The video has more than 1.7 million views on Twitter. You can watch the video here or later in this post.
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‘Take These Off Our Children’ Taylor Told the School Board, Demanding They Lift or Loosen the Mask Mandate on Young Children
This is Courtney Ann Taylor, a mother in Georgia. She’s one of the many parents who’ve HAD IT with mask mandates, especially for young kids in school.
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Taylor delivered a passionate speech to the school board, arguing that young children like her 6-year-old daughter should not have to wear a mask to school every day. She said they are not able to play together like “normal children,” and said wearing a mask is an unfair burden to place on young students.
This is not March 2020 anymore. We have three vaccines, every adult in Georgia who wants that vaccine is eligible to get it right now, and every one of us knows that young children are not affected by this virus.
They’re not, and that’s a blessing. But as adults, what have we done with that blessing? We’ve shoved it to the side and said we don’t care, you’re still going to wear a mask on your face every day, five and six year olds.
You still can’t play together on the playground like normal children, seven and eight year olds. We don’t care. We’re still going to force you to carry a burden that was never yours to carry. Shame on us.
This has to stop. Defend our children. My six-year-old can’t come up here and say this. It has to stop, take these off of our children.