Kevin McCarthy accuses Democrats of seeking to ‘silence parents’

Kevin McCarthy accuses Democrats of seeking to ‘silence parents’

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“Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said of the effort in a statement Monday. “Those who dedicate their time and energy to ensuring that our children receive a proper education in a safe environment deserve to be able to do their work without fear for their safety.”

Garland directed federal law enforcement agencies to work with state and local law enforcement to discuss the “disturbing trend” of harassment directed at school officials.

But in a statement Tuesday, McCarthy accused Democrats of being guilty of their own “disturbing trend,” arguing that the new DOJ effort was an attempt to “silence parents from having a say in their own children’s education.”

“We saw it last week when Virginia Democrat gubernatorial candidate, Terry McAuliffe, said parents shouldn’t have a say in what their own children are taught and it continues this week with the Biden administration labeling parents with concerns and dissenting opinions as domestic terrorists,” McCarthy said.

The California Republican also argued that parents should be encouraged to participate in public school systems.

“Parents have a fundamental right to be lawfully involved in their children’s education,” McCarthy said. “We should encourage family participation in our school systems, not baselessly attack opposing views because some liberal education officials and special interest groups see it as a threat to the power they want to have over what children learn in America’s classrooms.”

Mask Choice 4 Kids in BVN News

Mask Choice 4 Kids in BVN News

Mask Choice 4 Kids Rallies Outside BVSD Board Meeting

The local Johnson County group Mask Choice 4 Kids rallied outside of the Blue Valley School District’s board of education meeting on Monday, September 13. The speakers for this rally included Mask Choice 4 Kids spokesperson Tana Goertz and Blue Valley North Junior Peri Schumm.

The group was founded by Jacob Cleary, 19, a former student in Shawnee Mission School District. Last Tuesday, September 7th, Goertz took over as spokesperson.

Goertz, a senior advisor of former President Trump’s 2015 campaign team, has been using Mask Choice 4 Kids to inspire students.

“My role is to provide motivation for students who don’t want to go to school anymore,” Goertz said.

Goertz said that the group is intended to provide community to students who felt alone. This is organized by students wearing Mask Choice 4 Kids t-shirts every Wednesday and pulling down masks during their 1st hour of every Tuesday, as a way to “peacefully disrupt the educational system [in order] to see change.” per The Shawnee Mission Post

Some may feel concerned about students contracting COVID-19 as a result of not wearing their masks on Tuesdays, but Goertz said that the movement wasn’t about the effectiveness of masks.

“It’s not about the masks working or not working, it’s about providing a community for students who feel alone,” Goertz said. “In my opinion, they [masks] don’t work.”

As the rally continued, Goertz mentioned that Mask Choice 4 kids is meant to be a peaceful group and that she was speaking at a peaceful rally.

BVN junior Peri Schumm speaking to Mask Choice 4 Kids rally audience, photo by Max Wolf
Rally audience members with Mask Choice 4 Kids yard sign and t-shirts, photo by Max Wolf

 

“We’re not saying ‘Go protest, go crazy, go spit in people’s faces,’ We’re saying ‘Let’s have an honest debate about what is really happening here,” Goertz said.

 

BVN junior Peri Schumm also spoke at Monday evening’s rally. She spoke about feelings of isolation with her receiving an exemption for health reasons to not wear a mask last school year.

 

“I got a health exemption to not wear a mask last year, and the school didn’t like that,” Schumm said at the rally. “They wanted to put me in a plexiglass cage in the back of the class.”

This year, Schumm received a health exemption again, allowing her to not wear a mask.

 

“This year I am one of few people at my school [BVN] who does not wear a mask,” Schumm said. “I have received some backlash, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

Goertz continued on to say that people who follow Mask Choice 4 Kids are strong, and leaders who peacefully disturb the school setting.

“These [people] are the lions among sheep who will not be told what is best for them by someone else,” Goertz said. “We’re rallying to let people know that we’re here and we’re not going away.”

 

Mask Choice 4 Kids intends to eventually have chapters in all 50 states.

 

Edited for clarification, 8:30 AM, 9/14/21

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