Parents are speaking out against the return of indoor mask mandates for students as a California school district reinstates the rule.
Parents told Fox News Digital their feelings about the mask rule, and a grandmother from Massachusetts said it was a situation of “delirium.”
“This is an insanity, a delirium,” said the grandmother, who asked for anonymity, about the act of making students wear masks. “The loss of education in the last two years, added to the mental stresses of masking — my grandkids who are school-age said they never knew if someone was smiling at them or not — is already unacceptable.”
A mom from the same state also discussed her thoughts on mask-wearing.
“My children are five, seven, and nine,” she said. “They have been impacted by this, being so young when all of this started.”
“The most important years of learning are pre-K through 3rd grade. We pulled our kids out of our public school system and put them in Catholic school,” she said, noting that one of her children has a “significant” language and speech disability, and mask-wearing made it more difficult for him to learn.
“How is a child supposed to learn to speak correctly when he can’t see lips — and they can’t see his?” she asked.
Wayne Slattery Jr. lives in Reading, Massachusetts. While he doesn’t have kids, he has seen how making children wear masks has affected them.
“It’s outrageous to be masking children, who are the least vulnerable [to COVID],” he said, adding, “Total over-reach by the government.”
A grandfather from Iowa told the outlet, “I am totally against this. It is the parents who should decide for their child, not the government.”
“No one wants to wear a mask,” Karen Tait Draper, a grandmother from Massachusetts, told Fox News Digital. “But if the numbers indicate more COVID cases are a problem again in schools, then it would not be a bad idea to put the masks back on.”
A college student in Greensboro, North Carolina, told the outlet, “We just can’t go back.”
“I hated learning via Zoom, and I still don’t recognize students I’ve been in class with for months — now that we aren’t wearing masks. We just cannot go back,” he pressed.
A New York parent said, “It is a personal decision, I recognize that. And there are plenty of opinions on this,” adding, “so if parents want their kids to wear masks, that’s up to them. The rest of the student body shouldn’t be forced to wear masks simply for the sake of a few. That’s my feeling.”
The San Diego Unified School District decided to reinstate its indoor mask mandate for students and employees starting this week. As The Daily Wire previously reported, school board president Dr. Sharon Whitehurst-Payne said that children “really should wear the mask.”
“They should just make it known that they don’t feel comfortable, and at that point, just not return [to school],” Whitehurst-Payne said.
Several colleges in California are also bringing back indoor mask mandates.