During a school board meeting for the Metropolitan Nashville Public School district on Tuesday night, a number of people spoke up in opposition to the mask mandate in the schools, including a high school student with a powerful message.
A 2-minute video of the student’s comments was shared on social media by Twitter user Sadie Luck. The video has been viewed over 31,000 times.
The student said he wanted to comment on mask mandates for the upcoming school year, and noted that he learned about the main steps in the scientific method when he was in fourth grade.
He then ripped into the school board for skipping the step of analyzing the data to see if their hypothesis was correct before drawing conclusions.
“Where is the data you are basing your conclusions on about the success of and the need for masks in schools?” he demanded. “Where are the charts showing infection rates of in-person Metro students over time?”
The student listed off a number of quotes from news and experts, and called out the school board for requiring students to wear masks.
He then warned, “In less than a year I will turn 18, and I will be able to vote. Me and my friends will remember how you have handled these decisions. Before this, we didn’t realize how political our school board was and how few adults were standing up for us and listening to us. Now we do, and we will vote accordingly.”
A Nashville @MetroSchools student speaks to the MNPS board about their mask wearing decisions. “In less than a year I will be able to vote and will remember…and will vote accordingly” stay to the end. Parents and students will remember. 🎤💧 pic.twitter.com/MFH2ugslXz
— sadie luck (@sadie_luck) June 9, 2021
“Please note how brave this is, a student going into his senior year standing up to the school board that could directly affect his future and everything he worked for. This takes a high level of frustration with the system and bravery on his part,” Luck added in a subsequent tweet.
Please note how brave this is, a student going into his senior year standing up to the school board that could directly affect his future and everything he worked for. This takes a high level of frustration with the system and bravery on his part.
— sadie luck (@sadie_luck) June 10, 2021
Following the meeting, during which a large number of people spoke, the school agreed to “soften” the mask mandates. Newschannel5 Nashville reported:
With summer school starting this week, the Metro Nashville Board of Education said as long as students and staff are either outside or socially distanced inside, they don’t have to wear masks. These new rules start on Monday.
Students and staff will still have to wear them when they can’t social distance, such as as when going into a building, on buses, or if they’re in large groups. Also, anyone with underlying medical conditions, are still encouraged to wear one until fully vaccinated.
The Metro Nashville Board of Education said as long as students and staff are either outside or socially distanced inside, they don’t have to wear masks. https://t.co/edA6LeVpvX
— NewsChannel 5 (@NC5) June 9, 2021
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