Battles continue to rage in schools throughout the country on whether students should be required to wear face masks.
As of mid-September, eight states – mostly in the South – have banned mask mandates by schools. Elsewhere, angry anti-mask parents have been converging on school board meetings to proclaim “parental rights” to act on behalf of their children and ignore mask mandates.
In Duval County, Florida, for example, parents of two dozen school children sued the school board there on Sept. 2 to block a mask mandate. Summing up their position, attorney Nick Whitney said, “(W)e have the right to decide for our children, and the county cannot tell us how to do that.”