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The largest school district in Tennessee warned parents that any student who refused to wear a face mask would be sent home and their names would be reported to the health department.
Shelby County students who refuse to wear masks should be sent home from class, the Shelby County Health Department advised Monday morning.
KWAM NewsTalk 107.9 FM received correspondence between a parent and a school official explaining that if a child showed up at school without a mask they would be offered one.
“If they refuse to wear one, they will be placed in an alternate setting and you will be contacted to come and pick them up,” the correspondence read. “The Shelby County Health Department will also be notified.”
Television station WMC also reported that the “district planned to take the names of students who refused to mask and turn them in to the health department.”
Dozens of parents protested outside school headquarters — but their concerns fell on deaf ears.
“We want the freedom to raise our kids the way we see fit and we’re not going to allow the government to come along to tell us how to do it,” one parent told television station WREG.
“We want to have our own right and have our own decision to decide to wear a mask or not. That’s why I’m here today and that’s the right that I have to make that for my child as a recommendation,” another concerned parent told WREG.
A spokesperson for Collierville Schools told the television station after a conference with the health department, “it was made clear that the district is obligated to require and enforce universal indoor masking of all students, employees, and visitors.”
KWAM NewsTalk callers were outraged over the district’s regulations regarding face masks.
“I don’t the science they claim is behind it is behind it,” one caller told radio host Tim Van Horn. “Let’s all mask up again because it worked so well the first time.”