High school track coach fired for not enforcing ‘senseless, irrational, cowardice b—s—’ mask mandate
A New Hampshire high school track and field coach was fired after refusing to enforce a mask mandate for athletes that he called “senseless, irrational, cowardice b—s—.”
Pembroke Academy track and field coach Bradley Keyes said the school informed him that athletes would be required to wear masks during all races and the majority of field events during the upcoming spring season.
Keyes argued against the mask mandate in a blog post he published Saturday while encouraging others to tell the school they opposed the policy. He included an email he sent to the school’s athletic director.
The blog post read:
“I’ll come straight to the point. I will not put kids on the track and tell them to run any races while wearing masks. I will not stand up in front of the kids and lie to them and tell them that these masks are doing anything worthwhile out in an open field with wind blowing and the sun shining. These insane policies are robbing kids of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for no valid reason other than irrational fears and going along with the sheep. … Fire me if you must.“
Keyes added that the guidelines were, “Senseless, irrational, cowardice b—s—.”
On Monday, Keyes posted a separate blog post informing readers that he had been fired.
“I have been fired. I am not surprised. I made my choice to speak out. They made theirs.“
“My only regret is not being able to be there everyday to teach and encourage all of my athletes. I have just one parting thought that came to me yesterday that helped clarify this situation and why I made the choice I did.“
“One of the fundamental parts of all of this is learning to play by the rules. The rules supposedly put in place in order to create a fair and level playing field, to let everyone know what is expected and allowed, and then to let the best man, woman, or team win,” he added. “Except now we are adding arbitrary, senseless, ill-thought rules.“
In an interview with WBZ-TV, Keyes said he does not regret his decision to push back against the mask mandate.
“I didn’t give (the school) any real choice. I backed them into a corner. What I wanted was to make a point. I was hoping the word would get out some and maybe there would be enough reaction that down the road, maybe in a few weeks or later, some of the restrictions would be changed. I just think people haven’t pushed back and I decided it was time to push back.”
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