Theuerkauf Elementary School: Shocking video shows 4-yr-old student removed from school by POLICE for not wearing mask
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA: A four-year-old boy was sent back home from his elementary school after he refused to wear a face mask. The student was escorted back home by a police officer who was called by the principal of the school herself. In a video that shows the matter escalating, the student was first stopped on the campus by the principal who insisted to his parents that wearing a face mask was their policy due to the coronavirus pandemic. When the parents did not listen and the student went inside anyway, the principal called the police on the four-year-old.
The incident took place at Theuerkauf Elementary School which is run by Michelle Williams, the school principal, on Thursday, August 18. The father of the child, who only wishes to be known as Shawn, shared a clip with Daily Mail that showed Williams calling the police for their four-year-old who shall remain nameless. The school which is located in Mountain View, California, famously known as home to Google's global HQ, claimed that it is the district's policy to wear a face mask. One can hear Williams cordially declining his entry into the school premises saying, "I'm sorry - he's not able to come in unless he has his mask on. I welcome him here, and I've said this before and I'll say it again: I want him here, but it is our district's policy that students have to wear a mask."
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The principal adds: "He is a lovely child. We are here to support and serve him. I am here to serve all our students on our campus. I cannot keep spending time on this same issue." Then the child shows a form given to him by the principal asking for its meaning. Williams continued, "I'm going to have to have you removed from campus if you do not leave at this time." This is exactly when Shawn sees a police officer approaching them and he says, "They called a police officer to remove a four-year-old from campus." Luckily the situation didn't go out of control and the officer calmly explained that he was present there only to enforce the rules.
4 year old denied entry in school for not wearing mask
The police officer calls on Shawn and his family and explains, "I can't say what they are doing is wrong; I can't say what you are doing is wrong. Both sides have valid points. For me, I just have to ensure on the campus as a whole that kids get their education." After this incident, Mountain View Whisman School District changed its policy the next day in response to the new CDC guidelines which no longer required face masks in nine primary schools and two middle schools.
According to a letter obtained by KRON4 sent by the family's attorney to the school, the boy was reportedly sent back home for several days for not wearing a mask. The family’s attorney, Tracy Henderson, explained that the boy was "visibly disheveled and inconsolable by his mother for over two hours." The letter further read, "It is time to let parents decide what is best for their children in relation to COVID." Henderson cited the state law that does not require face masks in schools and Santa Clara County Department of Health guidance.