Georgia mom Courtney Ann Taylor went viral this week after she pleaded with school board members to end the Covid-19 mask mandate in schools.
Taylor addressed Gwinnett County Board of Education members at its meeting on April 15. She ripped the members for dragging their feet on the mask mandate for over a month.
"If you truly mean that you would end the mask requirement tonight," Taylor said.
She noted that it's been over a year since the pandemic started, several vaccines are available, and every adult who wants the vaccines can have one.
"Every one of us knows that young children are not affected by this virus, and that's a blessing" she said. "But as the adults what have we done with that blessing? We've shoved it to the side and we've said, 'we don't care. You're still going to wear a mask on your face every day ... You still can't play together on the playground like normal children ... We don't care. We're still going to force you to carry a burden that was never yours to carry.' Shame on us!"
Taylor said that her 6-year-old daughter complains that she doesn’t want to wear the mask anymore.
"It's April 15, 2021, and it's time. Take these masks off of my child," Taylor said, as the room erupted in applause.
The video of Taylor's emotional plea went viral on social media.
Watch the video below.
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Latinx activists in Chicago protested renaming a middle school after Barack and Michele Obama on Tuesday.
The activists are against the school board renaming Jefferson Middle School to Barack & Michelle Obama Middle School.
The group protested before a hearing of the Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 Board of Education, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The school board held its first in-person meeting on Tuesday at the Brookside campus of Waukegan High School.
According to the Tribune, they chose not to vote on renaming one of two middle schools after the Obamas.
Another meeting is scheduled for April 13 at 7 p.m. at the Brookside Campus. Latinx activists vow to hold demonstrations at that board meeting as well.
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Oscar Arias, a Waukegan native and former student, said Obama deported more than 3 million Mexicans during his two terms. While his successor, former President Donald Trump, deported less people.
Arias said he still remembers the fearful looks on the faces of fellow students who arrived home to find their parents were deported.
He said, the fear in their eyes "still resonates with me."
Arias suggested renaming the middle school after the late U.S. Congressman John L. Lewis.
"Lewis truly embodies the progressive and multicultural spirit of Waukegan," Arias said.
Richard Atikins, a board member for Central Unified School District in Fresno, Calif. resigned after a blogger mobilized her Instagram followers to get him fired.
Californians have endured ongoing protests as Black Lives Matter and Antifa organizations clash with police while attempting to tear down historic statues.
Atkins allegedly wrote an Instagram post urging protesters to "go back to the country you or your ancestors came from."
He added, "I am SICK of this shit."
Instagram blogger @gossipofthecity_ urged her followers to call the board and demand his termination.
"Call up @centralusd right now at their board meeting & demand Richard Atkins be terminated . Call : 559-276-3150."
Atkins apparently resigned during the board meeting on Tuesday.