Clay Travis talks ‘absurdity’ of masks as Tennessee college board votes to require them
Outkick founder Clay Travis spoke out on the “absurdity of masks in faculties” at a heated Tennessee college board assembly Tuesday, the place members finally voted to require masks for college students, workers and guests inside buildings and buses on the elementary college degree.
“So @WCSedu put a masks mandate in place just for elementary college college students, these 5-11 years previous, the college ages least in danger from covid in the whole nation. All masks mandates are unscientific insanity, however younger youngsters being compelled to put on masks makes the least attainable sense,” he tweeted after the vote.
Travis, who has two youngsters in Williamson County Faculties, had rallied towards the requirement of masks, saying that Williamson County Faculties Board of Schooling members needs to be “ashamed of the alternatives that you’re about to make.” He argued masks in faculties made “zero sense.”
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“I really feel dangerous for all these individuals strolling round in masks partaking in beauty theater considering that they’re making a distinction towards COVID – they are not. This is the reality, our youngsters – below 25 years previous — one in 1,000,000 probability that they will die of COVID. They’re extra more likely to be struck by lightning … they’re extra more likely to die of the seasonal flu,” Travis stated on the assembly. “Have any of you ever mandated masks for the seasonal flu? Nicely, disgrace on you as a result of each child in Williamson County Faculties has been below extra hazard from the seasonal flu yearly than they’re for COVID.”
“I might inform each guardian right here – do not let your youngsters put on masks. Refuse! Refuse!” he continued to the applause of many on the assembly.
After his feedback, Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., thanked Travis and dozens of fogeys in her state “for standing up for widespread sense.”
“No masks for teenagers!” she wrote.
On Friday, Williamson County Faculties began its 2021-2022 college 12 months with no masks mandate for college students, academics, and workers after the district determined to cancel its unique masks mandate when the final college 12 months ended and coronavirus circumstances began to say no, experiences stated.
Since then, circumstances of COVID-19 and its Delta variant have elevated throughout Tennessee and the county.
A whole lot of individuals gathered outdoors the assembly, with anti-mask protesters outnumbering these in favor of a mandate, experiences stated. Travis tweeted a video of the crowds, writing how the “anti masks at faculties revolution” was underway in Tennessee.
“These are the individuals who couldn’t get within the assembly tonight,” he wrote. “They’ve by no means seen a crowd this massive earlier than for a faculty board assembly.”
Chants of “no extra masks” had been heard now and again because the assembly room doorways had been opened, in line with The Tennessean. An individual was escorted out of the assembly by Williamson County deputies at one level.
WCS Superintendent Jason Golden had advisable that the board vote to require masks on the elementary degree, which drew boos and a few even yelled “coward,” in line with Nashville’s WTVF-TV.
Golden stated 25 elementary college college students have examined constructive for the coronavirus since college started on Friday. In elementary faculties, 27% of scholars have chosen to put on a masks, the paper reported. Golden stated he advisable the coverage as a result of elementary-age college students usually are not eligible to be vaccinated.
Greater than 60 Williamson County physicians wrote a letter to Golden this week, asking him to help a short lived masks requirement to maintain youngsters protected. The letter said that youngsters make up practically 14% of recent coronavirus circumstances within the U.S.
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Within the week ending July 29, Tennessee ranked because the third-highest state in pediatric circumstances per 100,000 youngsters, the letter added.
Medical doctors argued that masks are the easiest way to guard unvaccinated youngsters in a classroom setting, FOX 17 Nashville reported.
“We’re not asking for individuals to be required to get vaccinated, we’re simply asking that individuals can be courteous and take into consideration different individuals,” stated guardian Michelle Sol. “And contemplate masking as a love your neighbor and never as a restriction of freedom.”
Others informed FOX 17 they needed the liberty to decide on whether or not their little one wears a masks in school.
“It is a guardian option to make medical selections for a child, it is not the colleges determination to make medical selections for us,” added Williamson County guardian Kristin Benton.
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Masks will stay non-compulsory at center and excessive faculties, the Tennessean reported. The brand new mandate takes impact Thursday.