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Parents in Illinois oppose mask mandates after hotly debated school board meeting. Jennifer Preston and Paul Kelly joined Fox & Friends” on Thursday after attending the meeting where a school board member insulted a parent who refused to wear a mask while speaking.
The father told suburban Chicago board members that he was exempt from wearing a mask and could not articulate properly while wearing one. He joked that he could wear it on his head if they insisted and argued that President Biden and Illinois Governor JB Pritzker regularly spoke in public without masks.
Glenbrook School Board member Joel Taub told the parent: ‘If you’re not wearing the f****** mask, you’re out of here.’
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Preston, who attended the meeting with his children, said the explosion was embarrassing and called it a “terrible reflection” of the community and schools.
“These people are placed in powerful positions to make the best decisions for our children, and I found that so sad and really a big disappointment for all the children and all the parents and all of our community as a whole,” said- she told the host. Ainsley Earhardt.
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Kelly said Taub’s comments were grossly inappropriate, noting Taub’s intense anger despite wearing a high-quality mask and distancing himself from the speaker.
“It’s a reflection of some, not all, but some of these people in these positions of power who are drunk on power,” Kelly said. “They absolutely have to have control and compliance, and that’s very disconcerting.”
Kelly then highlighted parents and students who attended the meeting in support of removing mask mandates.
Preston’s daughter spoke at the meeting and called on council members to stand up for the students. She asked for masks to be optional and for students to have a choice.
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Preston said she contacted the school board for confirmation after hearing the state suspended mask mandates, but has yet to hear back.
Kelly also hasn’t heard from the board about whether an apology has been issued. The school board did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment on the incident.
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Taub would be re-elected and Kelly said he planned to run to unseat him.
“We need people on the board who truly reflect the interests of parents and students,” Kelly said.