SOUTHLAKE, Texas – Tensions over mask requirements were high at several school district meetings on Monday.
In Southlake, school mask supporters staged a protest outside the main Carroll ISD building. There were also people there who did not support the mask mandates.
The district does not have a mask mandate in effect at this time. In fact, Monday night’s meeting was supposed to be on the budget.
A polarizing debate in the Carroll ISD board meeting focused on whether directors should order a mask mandate for students and staff or keep it optional.
More than 800 parents and 100 doctors have signed and presented a petition calling for a mask warrant.
A woman who claimed to be a registered nurse questioned the effectiveness of the masks.
“It’s garbage. It doesn’t protect you from COVID,” she said. “It is completely illogical for a child to wear a gator or a cloth mask or a surgical mask or even an ill-fitting N-95 respirator.”
A mask warrant was not officially on the agenda on Monday. But still, parents for and against the masks gathered outside ahead of the reunion.
“My youngest son said he was the only one at school on Friday who had a mask in his classroom,” parent Ann Lutterbach said.
“Mandate of the masks. Protect our children,” another parent said outside the meeting. “Do you think they will? I hope so. I have no hope, but I hope so.”
A man and woman said they did not even have children in the district but came to protest against mask requirements.
“Yeah, that’s one of the sad things about that, is that this stuff gets politicized and then it turns into another different story,” he said. “The people who should be here to talk about it should be people who actually have kids in the school system.”
Inside, people have spoken out on the topic for nearly three hours and still divided as the pandemic rages on.