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Parents rally demanding end to mask mandate in schools

Monday dozens of frustrated parents, grandparents and community members gathered outside of The Shasta County Office of Education, calling for an end to the mask mandate in schools.

Posted: May 18, 2021 9:51 AM

REDDING, Calif. - Frustrated parents in Shasta County are calling for local schools to relax mask rules for kids.

Dozens of people lined up out here are demanding schools to lift the mask mandate.

Parents, grandparents, kids, and community members came out to make sure their schools heard their concerns.

The message, they don't want their kids to wear masks at school anymore.

Many say they are concerned about the health impacts and psychological impacts that mask wearing is causing.

Parent, Rebecca Walker says she's part of the group "Informed Parents of California" and says other counties across the state held their own rallies on Monday as well and she helped organize the one in Shasta County.

Among the parents attending the rally was Kimberly Pullen.

She tells Action News Now she pulled her daughter Bella out of public school because she disagreed with the mask mandate.
“I don't want her to be told what to do and what to wear on her body. It's her body it's her choice and as her advocate, I have to step up and speak for her which is why all these parents and grandparents are here,” said Pullen.

“As my mom said, it’s my body no one can tell me what to do with it it's really weird to be told what to do, I don’t believe in it and it's just hard knowing my friends have to do it at school. It’s sad,” said Bella.

Pullen says if schools lift the mask mandate and kids can attend classes regularly again she will send her daughter back to school in-person.

Officials with the Shasta County Public Health department tell me that they are simply following the guidance from the state when it comes to requiring masks indoors.

Action News Now reached out to school officials with The Shasta County Office of Education but they declined to comment on the rally.
School officials in Shasta County will hold their regular school board meeting on June 23.

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