Watch: Angry unmasked Tennessee parents protest at school board mask mandate meeting as infections skyrocket

Watch: Angry unmasked Tennessee parents protest at school board mask mandate meeting as infections skyrocket
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Footage of an intense school board meeting in Tennessee has gone viral on social media as angry anti-mask parents push back against their school district's temporary mask mandate in wake of the latest COVID surge.

A Williamson County School Board meeting went awry on Tuesday, August 10 when parents and students expressed their disapproval of COVID mitigation protocols passed ahead of the upcoming school year.

According to The Williamson Herald, an influx of angry parents arrived at the meeting after the details were shared in a Facebook group that consists of about 4,000 members. The disgruntled parents made it clear that they are not pleased with the mask requirement for elementary school students. At one point during the meeting, a male parent had to be escorted out by law enforcement because he was so disruptive.

After the meeting, parents moved their protests outdoors. The night intensified with enraged parents heckling medical professionals and public health experts as they continued to complain about COVID mitigation guidelines.

Clips from the heated meeting have caught the attention of many Twitter users who have shared their reactions on the social platform.

The mask mandate comes as the state faces a COVID resurgence due to the spread of the Delta variant. As of Sunday, August 8, the county has a .52% rate of COVID transmission.

In wake of parental outrage, the school district has released a statement about its decision.

"We understand these are challenging and difficult times for everyone," the statement read. "We recognize that opinions vary, and we remain hopeful that students who will be starting the year learning remotely will be able to return to campus soon. We encourage our community to continue to follow the mayor's call for wearing masks and social distancing."


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