Since the school year began, parents and activists have been showing up at school board meetings to weigh in on the rules that will be implemented to protect students and staff from the spread of COVID-19. More than once, these meetings have turned bizarre (example: the parent who said that the school staff are demonic entities) or violent (such as when parents threatened medical professionals who showed up to offer information).
Now Ankeny school board in Iowa is suffering the same types of abuse. Below, see two clips from Iowa Starting Line showing a man shouting in a meeting, “We know where you live! We will stalk you! We’re coming to your house!” After being chastised by those nearby, he rewords the threat, saying he’ll “protest them wherever they go,” and refuses to address his own use of the word “stalk.”
After those around him told him he really shouldn’t say that, the man changed his approach and said he would “protest” the school board members wherever they went. He is still in the room after making the previous threat pic.twitter.com/IZHVOV7AlK
— Iowa Starting Line (@IAStartingLine) September 22, 2021
According to the Des Moines Register the meeting was to determine whether the school district would reinstate its mask mandate, which would require every student, staff member, and visitor to wear masks inside the school’s buildings, regardless of vaccination status.
The board voted 5-2 in favor.
Outside activists, like Madison Cawthorn (who was actually busted bringing a weapon on campus) have been traveling to multiples school districts, working to get local antimaskers riled up, and appearing at school board meetings with them. The Hill reported earlier this month that at least 1,000 schools across the United States have been forced to close due to COVID-19 outbreaks since July.
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com