DML NEWS APP reported Thursday about a Florida school board that voted Wednesday to require all students and faculty to wear masks inside schools for the fall semester, a policy at odds with Gov. Ron DeSantis’s stance against making face covers compulsory. The report triggered DML NEWS APP founder, Dennis Michael Lynch, to cut ties with an organization run by one of the board members.
According to the report, school board member Lori Alhadeff said she wanted to make the semester “as normal as possible” and originally supported making masks optional, but she changed her mind due to the rising cases of COVID-19 resulting from the highly transmissible delta variant, according to WLRN-TV.
Alhadeff became a school board member shortly after her daughter was killed in the Parkland school shooting that took place on Valentine’s Day 2018. Currently, Alhadeff and her husband operate a charity focused on promoting school safety programs and legislation.
Dennis Michael Lynch also serves as the founder of The DML Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity that funds individuals and organizations that make America a better place. In a tweet issued on July 29, and in response to an article about the mask mandate published in the Miami Herald, DML writes, “The DML Foundation 501(c)3 donates thousands of $ annually to MAKE OUR SCHOOL SAFE, a charity led by Parkland parent / Broward board member Lori Alhadeff. My foundation hereby ENDS its donations. Any person who supports forcing a child to wear a mask puts that child in harms way.”
The DML Foundation 501(c)3 donates thousands of $ annually to MAKE OUR SCHOOL SAFE, a charity led by Parkland parent / Broward board member Lori Alhadeff. My foundation hereby ENDS its donations. Any person who supports forcing a child to wear a mask puts that child in harms way
— Dennis Michael Lynch (@realDennisLynch) July 29, 2021
“I have been a big supporter of Lori and her initiatives. I met her during my reporting on the Parkland school shooting, she is a loving mother who lost her beloved daughter. Her story touched my heart. I donated to her charity (Make Our Schools Safe) shortly after she launched the organization. My financial support has been significant and ongoing, and I planned to donate $10,000 to her charity this year, but after learning about her vote to force masks on kids I can no longer give my support. Any parent, school faculty, teacher, or board member who forces a kid to wear a mask is ignoring the science, ignoring the obvious, and putting kids in harms way,” DML told DML NEWS APP. “I will continue to consider her a friend, and I will continue to pray for her family, but making schools safe should include keeping a student free of wearing dangerous, bacteria grabbing masks that hamper a child’s ability to breathe, communicate, learn, and smile.”