Does Barron Trump wear a mask? Oxbridge Academy sells branded face coverings
Former President Donald Trump, who has opposed mask mandates for children, has sent son Barron to a school which not only has such a mandate in place but also sells its own brand of face masks.
Barron, 15, began attending Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida, late last month. According to the Palm Beach Post, it is one of the many private schools with a mask mandate this semester. The schools had informed parents before the school year began that students needed to cover their noses and mouths while taking classes.
"We're keeping a close watch on the community; that's why we adjusted," Scott Siegfried, the director of the advancement at Oxbridge, told the outlet of the decision to have a mask mandate. "If things get better, we'll make adjustments accordingly."
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Did Barron Trump mask up?
Photos on the school's social media account from the first days of school last week showed students in hallways and classrooms masked up as they took part in group activities. Some of them showed students wearing masks and social distancing outdoors. Maskless students were pictured in the canteen eating their lunch. Barron did not appear in any of the photos and since he does not have a social media account, there is no way to tell whether he was following the mask diktat.
The report comes after Trump blasted Biden for advising that masks be worn in schools regardless of a person's vaccination status. "We won't mask our children," he said, following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in July that classroom mandates be adopted for the new academic year. “We won’t go back.
"We won’t mask our children. Joe Biden and his administration learned nothing from the last year. Brave Americans learned how to safely and responsibly live and fight back. Don’t surrender to Covid. Don’t go back! Why do Democrats distrust the science? Don’t let this happen to our children or our country.”
Impossible burgers and kindness
The $34K-a year school does not disappoint when it comes to providing facilities for its students. An online lunch menu shows students enjoying 'impossible' burgers as well as a white chicken chili and gnocchi. Next week's delicacies are said to include chicken tenders and maple miso salmon.
The school is also imparting lessons of kindness to its students. The school on Tuesday tweeted a picture of students wearing masks, writing: "Oxbridge’s Culture of Kindness includes learning how to listen and pay attention not just to what someone is saying, but how they are saying it. Eighth graders Charlie Wiggle, Margaret Toner, and Marco Raffinengo participate in this exercise in dignity and respect. #kindness."
A spokesperson for the school, which was founded by a Koch brother confirmed 15-year-old Barron will graduate from the class of 2024. "We look forward to welcoming him into our school and community," the school's Director of Advancement Scott Siegfried said, according to People. The school also informed parents through an email to expect the secret service which will have a presence on the 54-acre campus. "They want to have little impact on our day-to-day operations,” the school said of the secret service.
“They've done this for other former presidents' kids. They're fantastic."