RALEIGH – A large group of parents showed up the Wake County Board of Education meeting Monday night, waving signs and speaking during public comment imploring board members to unmask their children and drop demonstrably false fear campaign over kids and coronavirus.
No matter; the Board voted to keep masking children throughout K-12 public schools in Wake County as they return for the 2021-2022 school year.
No, the evidence supporting the efficacy of masks has not changed. The futility of expecting children to wear masks according to protocol hasn’t reversed itself. The negative effects of forcing masks on kids all day, especially young ones, have not disappeared.
No, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Wake County Board of Education is merely following the approved narrative, and that narrative plots re-masking. Just as the CDC was settled in masking being unnecessary for kids, the American Academy of Pediatrics comes in for the Panic Play, suggesting all kids over two years old need to wear masks.
Fomented hysteria over the relatively benign Delta variant is the new chapter, and with it a re-invigoration of the lie that masking is effective at reducing transmission of the virus. Even worse, the lie is employed in conjunction with another: that school kids are at any serious risk from the disease.
Wake County district leaders say they are merely following state law, as Governor Roy Cooper’s executive orders demand masking in schools. Other counties, like Union, have different ideas, electing to make masks optional for students and staff.
It will take a lot more Union Counties to turn back this new flood tide of Pandemic Panic.