Parents are pushing back after the Mount Pleasant School Board voted to require children under 12 to wear masks this coming school year, even as top health experts across the country say the mask is essential in bringing back the children in class.
A parent group has filed a lawsuit against three members of the Mount Pleasant board of directors.
“Oh, that was a relief,” said Dawn Betha.
Betha has her name on three newly approved petitions to recall three members of the Mount Pleasant Public School Board who voted in favor of requiring masks for students under 12 this school year.
Betha is among those who staged the recalls against Board Chair Amy Bond, Trustee Wiline Pangle and Secretary Courtney Stegman. Each will need a little over 3,210 valid signatures to force a vote and will have 180 days to collect them.
“We have mobilized people who are ready to work with us. And we are trying to find around 40 people to collect a hundred signatures each. Because we want to collect around four thousand to make sure we have enough,” Betha said. noted.
Bree Moeggenberg, who has an older student in the district, plans to sign the petitions right away.
“I just want to say that I think all of the board members are great people. But unfortunately they are not representative and they do not protect our children and they do not give the parents a choice,” said Moeggenberg.
Moeggenberg said she runs a day care center and has heard from many upset parents.
“Children are not happy, they are not comfortable. They cannot be children. It’s hard to breathe, I mean they have a mask that breaks you now because they can’t. not breathe, ”Moeggenberg said.
According to the language of the petitions, a survey of Mount Pleasant public school stakeholders sent out on July 11, 2021 indicated that 68% opposed a mask requirement. That’s why Betha believes the three school board members will be recalled in May if the issue gets to voters.
“Obviously these will be people who disagree with us, we know that. But I think the majority of parents are done with hiding their kids,” Betha said.
Wiline Pangle sent this statement to TV5 regarding the petition:
“I respect the decision of the petition committee to move the petition forward. I maintain my position on masking children who do not yet have access to the vaccine, as directed by the CDC, AAP and our local health department. “