A furious Las Vegas, Nevada mother has called for the resignation of a substitute teacher after the woman reportedly taped masks on the faces of fourth-grade children in her classroom, Breitbart reported.
“He went to get a sip of water, forgot to put the mask on. The teacher did not tell him to put it back on or send him to the office, she instead pulled him up in front of the classroom in front of all of the students and she then taped the mask across the top of his face,” the disturbing report stated.
“He was very upset. He was crying. He was humiliated,” the mom added.
The school’s response
The school’s leadership claimed the issue was nothing more than an isolated incident and has vowed to investigate the matter.
“The district is aware of the isolated incident and is dealing with the employee through the proper channels. The principal proactively notified the family of the investigation,” Fox 5 reported.
The incident is one of many being reported across the nation as the conflict between school districts and parents regarding children being forced to don masks in the classroom continues to escalate.
Some states, like Texas, have an executive order that prohibits such masking requirements. Other states, like Tennessee, have an order allowing parents the opportunity to opt-out of the policy.
Still, other states lack any such policy, requiring students to spend entire school days, including bus rides, wearing a mask in response to growing COVID-19 numbers. Many have argued that such policies place children at great risk for a variety of conditions.
Do masks matter?
Despite mask mandates being enacted at thousands of schools across the country, it is still unclear exactly how much — if at all — that they have helped mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the classroom.
A number of schools have temporarily moved to remote learning again as positive cases of COVID-19, mostly as a result of the contagious delta variant, have increased during the first weeks of the academic school year, as Time reported last month.
The controversy will likely not die down anytime soon, as the Biden administration continues to support whatever school-related Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requirements are released.
It’s sad to realize that an entire generation of young children are being forced to hide their faces amid the spread of a virus that doesn’t have nearly the same potentially serious effects that it does on adults.