Moms for Liberty: Islip School isolates 6 students for not wearing masks, parent calls cops
After their non-compliance with the mask rule, the six students at Islip Middle School were moved to the gym by a security guard
LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK: A Long Island parent called the Suffolk County police to a middle school after six students were pulled out of class for not wearing masks on Thursday, September 2. As per the current New York State health rules students are require to wear masks while attending classes. The six unnamed students at Islip Middle School refused to mask up even after they were requested by staff.
After their non-compliance, the six students were moved to the gym by a security guard, according to Suffolk County Police. Police said that a parent called them at 9:50 am and requested officers. The parent wanted to file a report that their child and five other kids were being held in the auditorium because they wouldn't wear a mask, adding that a security guard was placed at the doors to the auditorium.
A police spokesperson told New York Post that the officers “took a report” in spite of the fact that the situation was “not really a police issue.” Some of the parents who have made headlines regarding mask mandates include Rishi Rambaran, Micheline Epstein, Jeff James and James Akers.
Students who refuse to wear a mask will face consequences
Islip Superintendent Dennis O’Hara has said that students who refuse to wear a mask will face consequences. “As discussed with our community previously, any district student who does not adhere to the mask mandate will be brought to an alternative location where students are advised to either put on a mask or wait for their parent/guardian to pick them up,” O’Hara told ABC7. According to the school guidelines, any student who does not follow the mask mandate will be taken to a location away from other students.
After that, if they keep on insisting on not putting a mask on, a parent or guardian would require to pick them up from school. O'Hara issued a statement about the incident: "The safety and well-being of our students and staff continues to be a top priority." As for Friday, the school district said no children at the Middle School went maskless but one student at the high school refused to wear a face covering. The student wasn't allowed into classes, and their parents were called to retrieve the student from school.
Moms for Liberty
There is a Facebook group called "Moms for Liberty—Suffolk County," which is comprised of parents rallying against school masks. The group is compared to the district's actions to "segregation", Patch reported. Only a week ago, a flyer created by the group circulated on social media, outlining a plan for Islip parents to demonstrate against the mask mandate.
"The Board of Ed-approved plan intends to put unmasked kids in an isolation room. Our plan is simply to instruct our willing children to refuse to put on a mask to enter the building, starting the first day of school," the flyer said, inviting "like-minded families" to meet at Brookwood Hall Park in East Islip Wednesday night to "encourage each other to resist this infringement on parental rights."