CHARLOTTE, NC – A congressman attended a North Carolina school board meeting – and criticized the district’s COVID-19 mask mandate.
“Forcing our children to wear masks is nothing less than psychological child abuse, period,” US Rep. Madison Cawthorn, a Republican, told Buncombe County school officials on Thursday. “Their social skills are stunted. “
The remarks came after Asheville-area district leaders voted 4-2 to demand that unvaccinated students and workers wear face masks when the school year begins on August 23, WLOS-TV reported . Cawthorn joined more than two dozen people who spoke about the decision during the school board’s public comment period, according to the broadcaster.
“I have witnessed stolen tactics from corrupt bureaucrats in Washington, DC, but what you have done here today shames it all,” Cawthorn said in a video of the meeting posted on YouTube.
Cawthorn criticized the tenure because health officials have recommended everyone mask themselves while working or attending K-12 schools this fall. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges people to wear face coverings in school buildings, even if they are vaccinated.
Across the state of North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper has ended a term of masking in schools and is leaving districts to make their own decisions.
As the school year approaches, the topic has sparked debate at school board meetings across North Carolina. While some parents have said that wearing masks should be a choice left to families, others argue that requiring face coverings may help protect children under the age of 12, who are not yet eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines, The News & Observer reported.
Community transmission of the coronavirus in Buncombe County was considered “high” on Wednesday. Health officials are urging residents of areas with “high” or “substantial” transmission to wear masks indoors as the delta variant continues to spread.
This is not the first time that Cawthorn has spoken out on controversial topics during the coronavirus pandemic.
The West North Carolina congressman criticized Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s foremost infectious disease expert, and said in a radio interview that an effort to publicize vaccines could be used to “go door to door to get your guns”. They could then go door to door to pick up your Bibles, ”The Charlotte Observer reported.
Cawthorn was elected to Congress in 2020 after upsetting this year’s GOP primary. He represents the 11th district of North Carolina, in the mountains.
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