WATCH: Angry Anti-Mask Parents Threaten Medical Experts, “We Will Find You”
With the Delta variant showing initial signs of being harder on younger patients, many school districts are grappling with the question of how to start yet another school year in a global pandemic. This is further complicated by parents and politicians who are ready to pretend that COVID-19 is over. They show up in t-shirts with anti-vax and anti-mask slogans, carrying signs (such as the one below from a protest in New York in June), and often carrying a rage they can’t seem to keep inside.
In Williamson County in Tennessee, reporter Matt Masters for Williamson Home Page caught footage of anti-mask protesters outside such a meeting. As a stream of masked individuals, including medical experts who attended the event to share their own expertise and information, start to leave the building, and police are forced to intervene as members of the crowd shout things like “We know who you are,” and “You can leave freely; we will find you.”
Anti-mask demonstrators heckle masked people (some of whom are Drs/nurses) leaving 08/10/21 #Williamsoncountytn #schoolboardmeeting following one man to his car and shouting “we will find you” & “we know who you are” @WilliamsonHmPg 1/2 pic.twitter.com/u8wbdfr3Xj
— Matt Masters (@formvscontent) August 11, 2021
The crowd can then be seen blocking vehicles as they try to leave, and one individual is screaming at officers on the scene, telling them, “You’re not on our side.”
In a second video that Masters shared, police can be seen pleading with protestors to be peaceful. His Williamson Home Page piece on the event reports that the Board of Education did vote in favor of mask mandates for elementary students to begin the school year.
Mask mandates in schools have become such a contentious debate that in both Florida and Texas, Republican governors have banned districts and local governments from enacting them. In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis actually threatened to withhold pay from administrators who do enforce mask rules, and the Texas Tribune reports that a lawsuit has been filed against Governor Greg Abbot to overturn the Texas ban.