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‘Unmask our children,’ Parents protest at Hononegah School Board meeting

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ROCKTON (WREX) -- Parents across the Hononegah School District made their voices known at Wednesday night's school board meeting.

With a semi trailer parked out front that read "Unmask our children," roughly 100 parents attended the school board meeting and many of them spoke in public comment, wanting the district to not force kids to wear masks this fall in school.

"This is America. We are supposed to be land of the free and home of the brave," said Zach Meiborg, who wants masks to be optional for students. "And I'm worried that if we allow masking to continue this year for our children into school. We are going to forfeit more of our rights."

The public comment portion of the meeting is usually slated for five minutes, Wednesday it was expanded to an hour due to so many parents wanting to speak on the issue.

The school board was not considering, nor did it vote on protocol to require children to wear masks, according to its agenda. It did have a plan to respond to an email from a parent who says the district should "mandate masks and follow the data and science before the decision can be made," according to the agenda.

Plus, the state of Illinois will not require vaccinated students or teachers to wear masks this fall. It adopted the CDC guidance earlier this month.

One parent was booed for suggesting students should wear masks in school this fall.

"I'm saying that masks are not about your children, they're about other people's children. My child and someone else's child," he said before receiving boos from the crowd.

Just this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended schools require face masks for all children and adults older than two in schools regardless of their vaccination status.

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