On Tuesday, parents from the Granite School District in Salt Lake County, Utah, emitted at a local school board meeting that later turned into a full-scale demonstration. Participants repeatedly shouted “no more masks!” at the meeting while some in the crowd approached top brass in the district, forcing the gathering to a halt.
One of the parents present at the meeting, Monica Wilbur, claimed that children are less receptive to the virus than their adult counterparts.
"One size does not fit all, and adults who have higher risks should not project their fears or expect the youth to carry the burden of those fears," she can be heard saying.
She later told Fox and Friends that she was at the boisterous demonstration because her children "have no voice of their own."
"I was at that meeting because kids really have no voice of their own, and I felt that my and other parents' legitimate concerns over their kids, social, learning, and health needs were totally being ignored," she said.
"We've had health difficulties due to the masks. One of my children has a deviated septum, so his oxygen intake is already significantly reduced, which hurts his ability to concentrate and sleep," Wilbur said. "We also have another child with speech recognition problems, and his speech-sound disorder makes normal communication difficult, which you can imagine how that's made worse with masks."
In the past few weeks, requests to end COVID-19 protocols have been increased amid a downturn in cases and a widespread vaccine distribution across the country. Parents such as Georgia mother Courtney Ann Taylor continue to insist that the regulations hurt children both socially and emotionally.
Taylor's comments to a Gwinnett County Board of Education went viral toward the end of April.
“Every month, I come here, and I hear the same thing. Social [and] emotional health,” Taylor said on April 15. “If you truly mean that, you would end the mask requirement tonight.”
"Every one of us knows that young children are not affected by this virus. … And that’s a blessing," she continued. "But, as the adults, what have we done with that blessing? We’ve shoved it to the side, and we’ve said, ‘We don’t care. You’re still going to wear a mask on your face every day. … You still can’t play together on the playground like normal children. … We don’t care. We’re still going to force you to carry a burden that was never yours to carry.’ Shame on us."