Clay Travis talks ‘absurdity’ of masks as Tennessee faculty board votes to require them
Outkick founder Clay Travis spoke out on the “absurdity of masks in colleges” at a heated Tennessee faculty board assembly Tuesday, the place members ultimately voted to require masks for college kids, employees and guests inside buildings and buses on the elementary faculty degree.
“So @WCSedu put a masks mandate in place just for elementary faculty 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 pressured to put on masks makes the least potential sense,” he tweeted after the vote.
Travis, who has two kids in Williamson County Faculties, had rallied in opposition to 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 colleges made “zero sense.”
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“I really feel dangerous for all these folks strolling round in masks participating in beauty theater pondering that they’re making a distinction in opposition to COVID – they don’t seem to be. This is the reality, our youngsters – beneath 25 years previous — one in one million probability that they’re going to die of COVID. They’re extra prone to be struck by lightning … they’re extra prone to die of the seasonal flu,” Travis mentioned on the assembly. “Have any of you ever mandated masks for the seasonal flu? Properly, disgrace on you as a result of each child in Williamson County Faculties has been beneath extra hazard from the seasonal flu yearly than they’re for COVID.”
“I might inform each father or mother 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 frequent sense.”
“No masks for youths!” she wrote.
On Friday, Williamson County Faculties began its 2021-2022 faculty yr and not using a masks mandate for college kids, lecturers, and employees after the district determined to cancel its authentic masks mandate when the final faculty yr ended and coronavirus instances began to say no, stories mentioned.
Since then, instances of COVID-19 and its Delta variant have elevated throughout Tennessee and the county.
Tons of of individuals gathered outdoors the assembly, with anti-mask protesters outnumbering these in favor of a mandate, stories mentioned. Travis tweeted a video of the crowds, writing how the “anti masks at colleges 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 huge earlier than for a college board assembly.”
Chants of “no extra masks” had been heard once in a while 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 mentioned 25 elementary faculty college students have examined constructive for the coronavirus since faculty started on Friday. In elementary colleges, 27% of scholars have chosen to put on a masks, the paper reported. Golden mentioned he advisable the coverage as a result of elementary-age college students should not eligible to be vaccinated.
Greater than 60 Williamson County physicians wrote a letter to Golden this week, asking him to assist a brief masks requirement to maintain youngsters secure. The letter said that kids make up almost 14% of recent coronavirus instances within the U.S.
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Within the week ending July 29, Tennessee ranked because the third-highest state in pediatric instances per 100,000 kids, the letter added.
Medical doctors argued that masks are one of the simplest ways to guard unvaccinated kids in a classroom setting, FOX 17 Nashville reported.
“We’re not asking for folks to be required to get vaccinated, we’re simply asking that folks could be courteous and take into consideration different folks,” mentioned father or mother Michelle Sol. “And take into account masking as a love your neighbor and never as a restriction of freedom.”
Others advised FOX 17 they wished the liberty to decide on whether or not their baby wears a masks in school.
“It is a father or mother option to make medical selections for a child, it is not the faculties resolution to make medical decisions for us,” added Williamson County father or mother Kristin Benton.
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Masks will stay optionally available at center and excessive colleges, the Tennessean reported. The brand new mandate takes impact Thursday.