‘I decided it was time to push back’: Track coach says he was fired over opposition to mask mandate

The case of former high school track coach Bradley Keyes has some Americans wondering whether the U.S. truly remains a free country.

According to reports, the New Hampshire man claims he was fired from his position for objecting to a “senseless” mandate requiring runners to wear facemasks.

“Fire me if you must”

According to the Washington Examiner, Keyes wrote a letter to Pembroke Academy slamming the rule as “senseless, irrational, cowardice bulls***” and adding an ominous statement to reiterate his position.

“Fire me if you must,” he wrote — and the school reportedly did exactly that.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, experts have noted that the virus does not seem to pose a serious threat to children. Nevertheless, Keyes claimed that the “sheep” in charge of implementing safety measures have used the crisis to traumatize a generation of students with arbitrary restrictions.

In his statement on the matter, the now-former coach denounced “insane policies” enacted by the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association.

“I will not put kids on the track and tell them to run any races while wearing masks,” he declared, according to CBS Boston. “I will not stand up in front of the kids and lie to them and tell them that these masks are doing anything worthwhile out in an open field with the wind blowing and the sun shining.”

“I made my choice”

Keyes went on to note that he is “not surprised” that he lost his job over the incident, asserting: “I made my choice to speak out. They made theirs.”

As for the student-athletes, at least one runner described the difficulty he had breathing while running in a mask.

“It gets you really tired especially when it gets up to 80 degrees soon and it’s going to be really hard for us to keep doing what we live to do,” David Testerman told local reporters.

Keyes, who worked for the school for four years before he was fired, said he has received dozens of supportive messages for his stance, which he hopes will inspire others to similarly speak out.

“I was hoping the word would get out some and maybe there would be enough reaction that down the road, maybe in a few weeks or later, some of the restrictions would be changed,” he said, according to the local CBS affiliate. “I just think people haven’t pushed back and I decided it was time to push back.”

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  1. Athletes need full access to air in order to compete and fir their own physical health. They cannot run to their maximum capacity while you allow obstruction to their lungs. Will we stick to our political decisions at the detriment of our youth?

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  3. Oh yes, it about the science…except when it isn’t. It’s about power over others and manufactured fear. Good for this coach. I hope he prevails against the Pembroke fascists and forced some sanity back into life.

  4. This is what we all need to be doing. If we all refuse to comply, can they put all of us in jail? Can all of us be fired? What will they do without US? This has to stop. So tired of the nazi crap going on in this country, and in my state. It’s pitiful to see how scared people are over this virus. Once they get their shot, they think they are completely protected, and yet we all know that you can still get the virus in spite of the vaccine. So what’s the point? People control.

  5. IT’S COMMON KNOWLEDGE YOU’RE INHALING CO 2 POISON INTO YOUR BLOOD STREAM BY WEARING MASKS. NOT GETTING PROPER OXYGEN TO HEART AND BRAIN. WHICH ALSO REDUCES YOUR IMMUNITY.

    A WOMAN WEARING A MASK FAINTED FROM LACK OF OXYGEN WHILE DRIVING AND CRASHED HER CAR.

    1. our children’s health is being treatened. Running outside, especially, should be safe . they are seperated by ability and speed .fresh air is good for them and I thought sunshine helped clean the air.

  6. READ REPORTS THESE DICTATORS ATTEMPTED TO TELL PUBLIC THEY HAVE TO WEAR MASKS IN YOUR OWN YARD AND ONLY BE ALLOWED TO BE OUTDOORS 2 HOUR ALSO TELLING THEM THEY HAVE TO CONTINUE TO WEAR MASKS WHILE INSIDE YOUR OWN HOME.

    VIOLATION OF YOUR 4th CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.

  7. This is such INCREDIBLE BULL-S**T. As an engineer and statistician, this crap is especially disgusting because it has absolutely ZERO basis in fact, science or truth. Have you listened to the professional MDs on Fox News, like Dr Scott Atlas? They KNOW what nonsense this is. Birx and Fauci are so full of crap, they don’t know what the hell they’re talking. The only masks of any value are those you can barely breathe thru, that operating room personnel wear.

  8. This has been about control since the very beginning. Terrify the people to keep them inside. I couldn’t believe how many people were so willing to give up their jobs and livelihoods to listen to these phonies. There is Not one iota of science that will say that masks work for the general public. What’s happening in our government now is exactly what they wanted to happen with no one paying attention. Grab all the power they can.

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