Parents in Utah Protest Masks at School; 407 new cases of COVID-19 reported

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Gloria Vindas speaks at the See My Smile Against Masks rally at schools in the Jordan School District Office in western Jordan on Saturday April 10, 2021.



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As the state-wide mask’s mandate expires at midnight, some Utahns are already aiming to further reduce COVID-19 restrictions.

Starting with the masks in the classrooms.

“It is not only anti-American, but it is wrong to expect our children to take care of their teachers,” said Dalane England, a high school history teacher and member of the United Women’s Forum and the Utah Eagle Forum. According to her, masks prevent children from understanding each other and affect their ability to connect with others.

Dozens of parents have joined England at Farmington to rally to Parents’ Choice in the matter, one of many events planned across the state.


Representative Steve Christiansen, R-West Jordan, listens to speakers at the See My Smile Against Masks rally at schools in the Jordan School District Office in western Jordan on Saturday April 10, 2021.
Annie Barker, Deseret News

“So many people are convinced that (the masks) are useful, and it is good, it is their choice,” said Alena Ericksen, a mother of six who has taken her children out of the state’s public school system. because of masks. “The only way for us to come together is to accept free will and choice and the ability to respect each other’s choices.”

She said her children had medical issues that prevented them from wearing a mask, but the school district would not accept that.

“The cost of what this has done for the company and the division it has created is far worse than what COVID-19 would ever have done,” Ericksen said.

Utah law passed at the end of the 2021 legislative session, HB294, ends statewide mask mandate, but public health order requiring masks remains in effect for public schools even though the general mandate is lifted.


Children play at the See My Smile rally against masks at schools in the Jordan School District Office in western Jordan on Saturday April 10, 2021.
Annie Barker, Deseret News

See My Smile, a grassroots organization supported by conservative parent groups statewide, held rallies at Utah school district offices on Saturday to encourage parents and children to defy the rules at the school Monday – to enter without a mask and deliver letters and notices of their choice to administrators.

“There is no reason for them to wear masks,” said Becky Hope, a mother of four whose children have not complained about wearing masks at their schools in the Davis County School District. Still, she got medical exemptions for them weeks ago.

“Government is secondary to parents in educating and managing what is right for our children,” Ericksen said, citing Utah law. “And we don’t know what we’re going through.”

She said there are and will be consequences of removing human connection by “forcing people to wear masks.”


Gloria Vindas speaks at the See My Smile Against Masks rally at schools in the Jordan School District Office in western Jordan on Saturday April 10, 2021.
Annie Barker, Deseret News

“It’s not fair,” said Mike Brown, who also has kids in Davis County schools. He said the evidence has shown that children are not the primary transmitters of the novel coronavirus and that he has had enough of what he called “bullying tactics” by the government.

“The government has scared everyone to death,” Brown said.

See My Smile recommends that parents in Utah exempt their own children from wearing masks in school and publicize their decisions, starting Monday, but repeating daily until policies change.

“This is the start of our parents’ return to school in Utah,” said Corrine Johnson, member of Utah Parents United, who formed the group See My Smile. She said others will follow suit and remove their “muzzles” or “face layers” as well.

“You will be amazed at how many will follow you,” Johnson said.

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