Tenn. Dad Defends Local School Board's Mask Mandate in Viral Speech

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Justin Kanew is not masking his feelings for chap parents who reason disguise mandates.

On Monday night, the Tennessee dada of a 5-year-old girl took the podium successful beforehand of the Williamson County Board of Education.

"I'm the dada of a caller kindergartner and her archetypal time was close aft the chaos past week," Kanew said, referring to the angry protestation that erupted successful Franklin, Tennessee, aft the territory reinstated a mask mandate for simple schoolhouse students. During the protest, radical opposed to the mandate gathered, chanting, "We volition not comply." In one video, a antheral screamed astatine a idiosyncratic wearing a disguise connected the mode to a car, saying, "We cognize who you are!" and different antheral warned, "You tin permission freely, but we volition find you."

In the now-viral video of Kanew's speech to the schoolhouse board, Kanew continued describing his daughter's archetypal time of kindergarten.

"She went to schoolhouse and was 1 of conscionable a fewer kids successful her people wearing a mask, which made her inquire wherefore she had to. My reply was due to the fact that we privation to instrumentality attraction of different people," Kanew said successful the video, which has been viewed much than 1 cardinal times connected Twitter.

"She's 5 years aged but she understood that concept, and it's disappointing that much adults astir present can't look to grasp it."

Kanew besides had a connection for those claiming a spiritual exemption from wearing a mask.

"I asked a pastor person of excavation and helium was precise wide that determination was nary existent biblical justification for utilizing the Bible to get retired of a disguise mandate passed by a bulk of this elected board," helium said. "But thousands are doing it anyway, calling it a spiritual exemption, which is frankly conscionable sad. Avoiding masks is not successful the Bible, but taking attraction of others is.

"Now contiguous we person Governor Lee's enforcement bid to let opt-outs, which is authorities overreach undercutting a section decision. If you lone similar ideology erstwhile it goes your way, you don't really similar democracy."

With schools successful immoderate states opening this week arsenic the COVID-19 delta variant surges crossed the country, galore parents are understandably anxious. But determination are things schools tin bash to trim the hazard to their students. Dr. Cameron Wolfe, an infectious illness specializer astatine Duke University Hospital, explains 4 things schools tin bash to support kids safe. (And yes, they see masks.)

Kanew's impassioned code comes connected the heels of an enforcement bid from Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, which gives parents the quality to opt retired of schoolhouse disguise mandates.

"No 1 cares much astir the wellness and well-being of a kid than a parent," Lee said successful the order. "I americium signing an enforcement bid contiguous that allows parents to opt their children retired of a schoolhouse disguise mandate if either a schoolhouse committee oregon wellness committee enacts 1 implicit a district."

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