By Gabriel Keane
Eanes Independent School District in Austin, TX solemnly reports that one of its teachers had her COVID face mask ripped off by an angry parent this week, while another teacher was reportedly yelled at because no one could understand what they were saying behind the face mask. Eanes ISD has defied Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order banning mask mandates in schools and imposed one anyway, angering parents.
Eanes ISD School superintendent Tom Leonard wrote in a letter to parents, “Regrettably, there have been a few sad moments, too. A parent physically assaulted a teacher by ripping a mask off her face, others yelling at a teacher to take off her mask because they could not understand what the teacher was saying while her face was covered. This type of behavior will not be tolerated in Eanes ISD. Our staff are on the front lines of this pandemic; let’s give them some space and grace. Please, I am asking everyone to be kind…do not fight mask wars in our schools.”
Austin Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Elizald, who oversees Eanes ISD, boasted of her decision to impose the mask mandate in defiance of Abbott’s executive order in an article written for TIME magazine on Sunday, later stating in an interview with KXAN, “It’s tough for everyone, it’s tough for our parents, it’s tough for our staff, it’s tough for us superintendents and leaders. Ultimately, it was the local data conditions in our hospitals, and the number of rising cases that put us in a situation where I felt like I had to change course. Keep in mind, the temporary masking is not the only thing we have in place. So this was just necessary, at least during the period of time that we’re in Stage 5.”
In Arizona, State Sens. Wendy Rogers and Kelly Townsend signed a letter calling on Gov. Doug Ducey to punish schools that defy the state’s mask mandate ban:
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