A woman who refused to put her mask back on at a public board meeting in Texas was carried out of the building in her chair by police.
The Tuesday incident, which spread quickly online, comes weeks after an executive order by Governor Greg Abbott forbidding mask and vaccination mandates was overturned.
The woman was wearing her mask when she arrived at the Northside Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting, district spokesman Barry Perez told KSAT. But at some point she removed it and refused to put it back on when asked by district officials and then police.
‘The individual refused [to place her face covering back on], and then when asked to leave, also refused,’ Perez said.
‘Northside ISD police officers did then lift her chair and carried it, with her still seated, outside of the room.’
‘The individual refused [to place her face covering back on], and then when asked to leave, also refused,’ said Northside Independent School District representative Barry Perez.
‘Northside ISD police officers did then lift her chair and carried it, with her still seated, outside of the room,’ said district spokesperson Barry Perez
Perez told MailOnline on August 26 that, to his knowledge, no charges were filed in the incident.
‘The individual is not a school board member. I understand she is a parent. I am unable to confirm her name,’ he said.
Neither the district’s police department involved, nor the San Antonio Police Department could be reached for comment or further information.
A mask mandate in the school di]strict went into effect Monday, the district’s first day of school, after it was passed August 17 by the board of trustees, according to KSAT.
Attendees at the Northside Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting (held at the building pictured) spent much of their 45 minutes of public comment shouting at board members regarding their new mask mandate, KSAT reported.
Other meeting attendees can be heard shouting in protest as the woman, calm in her seat, is lifted and carried out of the building.
‘This is ridiculous,’ said one man.
‘This is tyranny,’ a woman can be heard yelling.
‘Are you f*cking kidding me?’ said another man.
‘Someone stop them,’ said a male attendee.
One man attempted to stand between the two officers carrying the woman out of the room, but quickly moved.
Attendees at the meeting spent much of the 45 minutes of public comment at the meeting decrying the mandate to trustees, KSAT reported.
‘Forcing kids to wear masks against their will is child abuse,’ said one parent. ‘You are instilling fear in them. I won’t do that to my kids.’
‘We are teaching them to fear the air is toxic and we are teaching them to fear each other,’ said another parent. ‘We’re using our kids to fight our political battles, and that is wrong.’
One man attempted to stand between the two officers carrying the woman out of the room, but quickly folded.
Governor Greg Abbott signed an executive order last month banning mask and COVID-19 vaccination mandates, declaring that it would promote ‘individual rights and responsibility’ in the Lone Star State.
But Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo – whose role is more similar to a mayor that a court judge – announced Thursday that all students in schools and child care centers from pre-K to 12th grade must wear a mask in school.
Harris County joins Dallas and Bexar counties as well as the city of San Antonio in defying Abbott’s executive order that prohibits any school or government entities from mandating mask wearing.
A judge issued a temporary restraining order to prevent enforcement of Abbott’s executive order. He defended his executive order.
‘The path forward relies on personal responsibility – not government mandates,’ Abbott said. ‘The State of Texas will continue to vigorously fight the temporary restraining order to protect the rights and freedoms of all Texans.’
The conflicting orders are currently being resolved and, in the meantime, some Texas schools have taken advantage of the restraining order to institute mask requirements as the school year begins.