Washtenaw high school mask protest ends with students allowed in building, but isolated

September 09, 2021, 7:03 AM

A group of unmasked Manchester High School, backed and/or encouraged by parents, pushed into their school Wednesday in an apparent protest of a county health mandate that masks be worn inside the building. The students were blocked, then admitted after a sheriff's deputy said he would not enforce the order. 

The Free Press reports the students were then taken to the library as a group, stayed there all day and did not attend classes:

A school employee stood in the doorway, blocking students from entering the building, but then stepped away after parents began shouting that no one could enforce the mask mandate or touch students, and that they should just go in.

Similar scenes played out Tuesday at several schools in the Manchester Community Schools, a district about 20 miles southwest of Ann Arbor, said Susan Ringler Cerniglia, the health department's public information officer.

... There's no statewide mask mandate for schoolchildren or staff, so leaders at local health departments and within school districts are making often controversial decisions about whether to require them — sparking protests and even death threats.

The incident was captured on video and shared on social media:

Read more:  Detroit Free Press

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