Michigan parents pound on locked school meeting doors to demand children be allowed to go mask-free


Dozens of Michigan parents pound on locked school meeting doors to demand their children be allowed to return to class mask free amid COVID surge in the state

  • Michigan has some of the worst surge when it comes to COVID-19 cases
  • Angry parents want their children to be able to go to school without masks
  • Dozens of parents without masks showed up to a school meeting at Hudsonville High School on Thursday to demand face mask rules for kids be scrapped 
  • There were limits on the numbers allowed inside which made parents angrier 
  • Parents were eventually asked by security to leave
  • Michigan currently has the highest rate of new infections of any state
  • Many new cases include infections among children and outbreaks at schools

Angry Michigan parents are demanding the state drop requirements for children to wear face masks in the classroom, despite a surge in coronavirus cases. 

Dozens of mothers and fathers from Hudsonville near Grand Rapids, attempted to barge their way into a school meeting to insist mask were no long compulsory on school grounds.

More than 50 parents, most of whom were not wearing masks showed up to the  Hudsonville Board of Education meeting in the hope of explaining their position to board members.

Angry parents who want their children to be able to go to school without wearing masks showed up to a school meeting at Hudsonville High School on Thursday

The parents demanded face mask rules for kids be scrapped

The parents demanded face mask rules for kids be scrapped

But anger boiled over after not all of those attending were able to get inside the meeting room due to capacity restrictions which only allow 80 people inside. 

School District Superintendent Doug VanderJagt has said the district will continue to follow guidelines from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and require masks to be worn. 

‘If we knew there was going to be 400 people that wanted to get in here, we’d have just had the meeting online,’ he said to MLive. ‘We didn’t know how many to expect, otherwise we could have had a bigger venue and gone outside or virtual.

‘Our parents’ voices are extremely important for us to understand the pulse of the community, but right now it’s not enough for us to get rid of masks. As soon as it becomes an option, that’s a different conversation, but right now it’s not,’ VanderJagt said.

Parents who attended found they were not allowed inside the meeting which only angered them further

Parents who attended found they were not allowed inside the meeting which only angered them further

There were limits on the numbers allowed inside which made parents angrier as they were forced to wait outside

There were limits on the numbers allowed inside which made parents angrier as they were forced to wait outside

Parents were eventually asked by security to leave the school premises

Parents were eventually asked by security to leave the school premises

After the doors were sealed and locked, parents decided to bang on the outside of the auditorium in order to be let in shouting ‘let us in’ until school security guards broke up the crowd.

One mother-of-five said she had ‘deep concerns’ about schools requiring masks be worn at school which she believes is ‘physically not healthy.’ 

‘I think that’s a decision that a parent should be able to make given the harmful side effects that might occur because of it. There is not really any scientific evidence to back up the effectiveness of masks for transmitting a virus,’ Jeanette Schuiteman said.     

‘The fact that there’s no parents keeping an eye on teachers and what’s going on, there’s so much potential for wrong things to happen,’ she said.

Plenty of other parents were left standing around outside in the cold

Plenty of other parents were left standing around outside in the cold 

Schuiteman who has a boy in the 11th grade spoke of her frustration after her son began failing once remote learning became the norm.

After trying to schedule an in-person meeting with her son’s teacher to discuss his progress, she was told that such a rendez-vous would not be allowed with parents not being allowed into school buildings.

‘It doesn’t make any sense to me. Students are coming into contact with us and coming into contact with all the other students, so it’s as if I were already coming into contact with the students because my students are in the school. So it seems like a silly rule that doesn’t make a lot of sense,’ she said. 

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