A ten-year-old student delivered a scathing message to the Martin County school board to lift their face mask mandate, describing the headaches and claustrophobia the masks induced and saying they gave him anxiety.
He also pointed out that his teacher’s mask was down while she was yelling at him to pull his up. He said he was drinking water at the time.
The fourth grader at Felix A. Williams Elementary in Stuart spoke before the Martin County school board on May 12.
Known only as John, the little boy said that he was ‘surprised by the rules.’
‘A lot of them didn’t make any sense to me like the fact that we’re not allowed to play on the playground or have student council or turn to face each other at lunch.
‘And we also have to wear masks outside at P.E. and on track.’
Under the district’s current policy, students are required to wear masks on school campuses and school buses, with the only exceptions being when they’re eating and drinking or during recess and physical education – suggesting John’s school was going beyond the recommendations.
The state of Florida removed its mask mandate on May 3.