Tennessee teen talking about grandma who died of Covid heckled by adults at school board meeting

Grady Knox was telling a personal story about his grandmother’s death to argue for mask mandates when adults in the crowd told him to “shut up” and laughed. A Tennessee teenager who was mocked by adults as he defended masks by explaining his grandmother died of Covid-19 called the moment “complete insanity.” Grady Knox, aContinue reading “Tennessee teen talking about grandma who died of Covid heckled by adults at school board meeting”

Hostile school board meetings have members calling it quits

A Nevada school board member said he had thoughts of suicide before stepping down amid threats and harassment. In Virginia, a board member resigned over what she saw as politics driving decisions on masks. The vitriol at board meetings in Wisconsin had one member fearing he would find his tires slashed. School board members areContinue reading “Hostile school board meetings have members calling it quits”

Texas parent rips mask off teacher’s face, school official warns: ‘Do not fight mask wars in our schools’

Masked and ready to start the new academic year, students in Austin’s Eanes Independent School District returned to campuses excited to reunite with friends and meet their new teachers. “Campus principals report several ‘magical moments,’” Tom Leonard, the superintendent, said in a note to parents and staff on Tuesday, one day before the district’s firstContinue reading “Texas parent rips mask off teacher’s face, school official warns: ‘Do not fight mask wars in our schools’”

Calls for violence online similar to before January 6 Capitol attack, DHS Intel chief says

Online extremist rhetoric is strikingly similar to the build-up to the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, with increasing calls for violence linked to conspiracy theories and false narratives, Homeland Security Intelligence chief John Cohen said in an interview with CNN. There have been online comments such as “the system is broken,” “take action into theirContinue reading “Calls for violence online similar to before January 6 Capitol attack, DHS Intel chief says”

Four Broward County educators die from COVID-19 within 24 hours, as Florida’s battle over masks in schools continues

Four educators in Broward County, Florida, died from COVID-19 in a span of 24 hours, as school officials continue to push back against Governor Ron DeSantis’ ban on mask mandates in schools. At least three of the teachers who died were unvaccinated, CBS Miami reports.  “Within a 24-hour span, we had an assistant teacher pass away, aContinue reading “Four Broward County educators die from COVID-19 within 24 hours, as Florida’s battle over masks in schools continues”

Proud Boys Are Teaming Up With Anti-Maskers to Threaten School Boards Over COVID Mandates

As anti-maskers attack and even attempt to ‘overthrow’ school districts over COVID restrictions, the far-right paramilitary Proud Boys are taking up their cause. Outside a school board meeting in Franklin, Tennessee on Tuesday night, a crowd gathered around masked meeting-goers as they exited the building. “You are child abusers!” one member of the crowd shouted. “There’sContinue reading “Proud Boys Are Teaming Up With Anti-Maskers to Threaten School Boards Over COVID Mandates”

Anti-mask Tennessee parents caught on video screaming threats at fellow parents who support masks in schools

Anti-mask parents harassed and threatened other parents outside a school board meeting on Tuesday. The Williamson County board had approved a temporary mask mandate for elementary-school students and staff. “We know who you are,” one man yelled at a masked parent, adding, “We will find you.” Anti-mask parents in Franklin, Tennessee, harassed and threatened parentsContinue reading “Anti-mask Tennessee parents caught on video screaming threats at fellow parents who support masks in schools”

A Texas school district asked a Black principal to remove a photo of him kissing his white wife. Then the community branded him a critical race theory ‘boogeyman.’

Dr. James Whitfield recalled in a Facebook post that his school district once asked him to take down a photo showing him kissing his wife. He told Insider that was just the start of a sustained harassment campaign from local residents. At a tense public meeting in July, residents accused Whitfield of promoting “the conspiracyContinue reading “A Texas school district asked a Black principal to remove a photo of him kissing his white wife. Then the community branded him a critical race theory ‘boogeyman.’”

Some Florida School Districts Will Require Masks. The Governor May Cut Their Funding.

A battle is brewing in Florida over whether students will have to wear masks when they return to the classroom this fall. Several Florida school districts are keeping their mask mandates in place for the upcoming school year, despite an executive order by Gov. Ron DeSantis that leaves it up to parents to decide whether their children wearContinue reading “Some Florida School Districts Will Require Masks. The Governor May Cut Their Funding.”

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