Vernon Hills High: Chicago students walk out of class after being told to mask up

Many parents decried the district's decision to keep the mask mandate in place


                            Vernon Hills High: Chicago students walk out of class after being told to mask up
Chicago students walked out of school (Twitter)
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A video of a bunch of unmasked students from Illinois' Vernon Hills School was released by The Kerr Report on Tuesday, February 8, showing students storming off their classes after they were told to follow certain masking mandates issued by the government. Community High School District 128 said in an interview with Fox News that students who did not agree with the new masking law were given a chance to explain their choice and discuss their thoughts on the matter and even ask questions.  

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From the response that the school received from students, they laid three options for the students to choose from. They could follow the mandates, put on a mask and continue class, or they could leave the school building, or they could stay in the gym and complete classwork. The students unitedly decided to storm out of the school. Many parents decried the district's decision to keep the mask mandate in place. Several parents who spoke to Fox News said their kids were left in the gym all day with nothing to do. 

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"For two years, we have been living under mandates," Libertyville parent Socrates Vela told Fox News. "My wife and I did not serve in the Army so 20 years later, Illinois bureaucrats could strip our children's rights." Another parent expressed that they were proud that the high school children took a decision for themselves and have refused to wear a mask under such unnecessary mandates. The district signaled over the weekend that it would still be enforcing the mask mandate except for the named student plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed by more than 700 parents at nearly 150 school districts across the state. The district said the mask mandate has permitted schools to remain functional for offline classes and extracurricular activities. Later Monday, Democratic Attorney General Kwame Raoul asked the 4th District Appellate Court in Springfield for an emergency pause to Grischow’s temporary restraining order. 

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"Absent a stay, students, teachers, and other school employees will be further exposed to COVID-19, leading to additional and likely widespread transmission within schools and in the broader community, increased hospitalizations and deaths, and school staff shortages requiring full remote learning or even school closures," the appeal stated. Judge Grischow had ruled on Friday that the Democratic governor had overstepped his line and compelled students to wear masks. The Judge agreed that students shouldnt be reprimanded from school over medical reasons unless a guardian gives consent and deems it necessary for the immediate health of the ward. 

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