Montgomery County School Board
School Board members are learning that parents aren’t going to take the continued abuse of their children under the guise of a pandemic.
If there is one positive from the past two years of hell concerning COVID, it’s that “virtual learning” and COVID policies imposed on kids have woken up a whole lot of parents… and they’re a force to be reckoned with.
One mom in Virginia was livid that her local school board hadn’t rescinded the mask mandate despite Republican Governor Glenn Younkins Executive Order on his first day to make masks optional and at parents’ discretion.
Alecia Vaught went to her local school board and decided to ask why the mask mandate hadn’t yet been lifted. She blasted the board for not seeming to want parents involved in their children’s education.
She told the Montgomery County School Board, “We’re taking the power out of your hands and putting it back with the parents, the way it should be.”
Vaught asked why the Executive Order to mandate masks from former Governor Ralph “Blackface” Northam were followed but not the Executive Order from the new Governor to make them optional.
Studies have shown that mask mandates for students don’t really make much difference in transmission rates in classroom settings, and other studies have shown that there is harm to learning and social development from constant mask-wearing.
So, why are there still mask mandates? It’s political.
‘We sat here last year and listened to you guys preach to us about Governor Northam’s executive orders and how we must follow them. Remember that?’ she said, referring to former Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam who made masks mandatory for all public school kids K-12.
‘Here’s a governor that comes into office, but yet you don’t want to follow his orders. Why is that? Why is it different from last year when we were here to this year? Vaught said. ‘Two different governors, different political parties. So we’re supposed to follow it last year, but not this year? That makes no sense, and it makes all of you a bunch of hypocrites.’
And then… she got personal.
Vaught showed photos of Chairwoman Susan Kass maskless in public posted to Kass’s Facebook page.
‘Here’s a picture of you right here on Facebook with a crowd of people with no mask on,’ she said.
At that point Kass, a former teacher who works in HR at Virginia Tech, cut in and told her that she would not be given any more time to speak.
‘I’m sorry Ms. Vaught, you are done if you are going to, if you are going to sit there and disparage a member of our school board, you can sit down,’ Kass said. ‘I am not going to sit here, this is not about you anymore. Can we have an officer, please?’
How is it “disparaging” if Kass posted the photos on her own Facebook page and made them public?
Before Kass called for a police officer to kick out Vaught, she asked if Vaught had anything to say about the students. Vaught insisted that this was about the students because she’s not wearing the mask out in public that she requires students to wear for an entire school day.
The officer walked up and stood beside Vaught as board members came to the mom’s defense.
One board member, Jamie Bond, said, “She should be able to say her piece. I’ve had to listen to people come and criticize me.”
Kass asked, “People came here and criticized you last year?”
Bond replied, “Absolutely. And I couldn’t do anything about it. And I was humiliated.”
“So, people came here and talked about your mask to your face and showed pictures of your family? They showed pictures of your family?” asked a clearly irate Kass.
“Yeah, they did worse,” responded Bond.
Kass said, “That doesn’t make it right, Jamie. That’s my family.”
“Right, but I had to sit here –”
“That is my family!” said an outraged Kass.
Although Vaught’s mic was cut off, you can hear her say, “What do you think about our family? Our family has been suffocated to death with your policies.”
Kass said, “That’s it. I’m done. She goes, or I go.” She then got up and stormed off right past Vaught, who continued to speak with the mic off.
As Kass passed her, Vaught said, “We’re coming for your seat.”
Kass shot back, “You can have it.”
Watch professionalism at its finest by the Chair of the Montgomery County School Board.
Kass later apologized for walking out in a statement.
‘I wish I had reacted differently,’ she said. ‘But when someone is scrolling through your personal FB trying to prove something that isn’t true, and now they are threatening to show photos of your family, you become protective.’
‘She is trying to paint me as a hypocrite because I spent time with family and friends who are vaccinated and boosted at people’s homes. I have not asked anyone to do something that I haven’t done myself. I have elderly parents that I also need to protect,’ she added.
Excuses, excuses! All these hypocrites ever have are reasons why it’s okay for them to go maskless when your kindergartner with a speech impediment needs to wear a mask and sit outside silently eating lunch.
But we’ve seen that vaccinated people are getting COVID and spreading as much as the unvaccinated do.
If Kass didn’t want the photos shown, perhaps she shouldn’t have posted them on Facebook.
Social media will always be there to bite these hypocrites in their backsides.
This is good stuff. School Boards and teachers have gotten away with a lot while parents were busy earning enough to take care of their kids and didn’t realize how awful the public school system has become.
We need more parents confronting these people who act like they’re the ones who know best for our kids.
Way to go, to all the angry Mama Bears and Papa Bears out there
Cross Posted with Clash Daily