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‘No more masks’: Disgruntled parents shut down Utah school board meeting over K-12 mask order

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The Granite School District Board of Education had to cut its Tuesday meeting short when about 40 protestors erupted into chants of “no more masks!” During the meeting, the board was seeking public comment on K-12 mask requirements in the district.

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When Utah state Sen. Kathleen Riebe tried to thank the teachers, since it was teacher appreciation day, she was booed off the podium. A parent then approached the podium to say: “You let a senator come up here and speak in the name of my children who you guys are abusing? Are you serious?” That only riled up the crowd.

At another point, the board tried to end the public comment section of the meeting, but a man yelled “Remember this day! Remember this day!” Then, the man gestured with a sheet of paper, yelling to the crowd that, “This is the truth about masks in the state of Utah! What they’re telling you about masks is a lie!”

Utah’s Governor Spencer Cox lifted the state-wide mask mandate on April 1st. Vaccinations have also been going to Utahns over the age of 16 since March.

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A spokesperson for the district reportedly said that police were eventually called to the scene. “Granite School District fundamentally believes and encourages a diversity of opinions when shared in respectful and civil manner [sic] and will continue to encourage civil discourse as a model for the children for which we have stewardship over,” the spokesperson said. “We applaud the efforts of law enforcement in keeping our employees safe and de-escalating the situation.”

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‘Sanctuary city’ of Denver is secretly paying for illegal immigrants to travel to Utah

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Liberal, self-described ‘sanctuary city’ Denver, Colorado is paying for illegal immigrants to travel to Utah, according to Republican Utah Governor Spencer J. Cox.

“We recently learned that the Democrat mayor of Denver has been sending illegal immigrants to Utah without proper notification or approval,” Republican Utah Governor Spencer J. Cox wrote Friday on X. “This is completely unacceptable and follows on the failed catch-and-release policy of the Biden administration.”

Without the approval or advance knowledge of local officials, Denver has been paying for migrants to relocate to other places, including Utah, where approximately 2,000 have been sent, 2KUTV News reported Thursday. Cox said Friday the practice is “unacceptable” and a result of the Biden administration’s immigration policies.

Cox wrote that Utah’s resources “are completely depleted.” His office told Fox 13 News they learned about the city sending migrants on May 13.

“All 50 states, including Utah, are now border states due to the failed immigration policies of President Biden and Congress,” Cox continued. “Once again we call on the Biden administration and Congress to solve this crisis.”

Denver city officials are not blaming the Biden administration’s horrendous open border policies for the overwhelming issue; rather, they blame Texas.

Officials told Axios Friday: “The vast majority of newcomers arriving in Denver do so on buses chartered from Texas and had no intention of ever coming to Denver,” Jordan Fuja, spokesperson for Democratic Denver Mayor Mike Johnston, told Axios. “That’s why part of our operations include purchasing tickets for newcomers to get to their desired location.”

Government officials in Salt Lake City, Utah also were not made aware in advance of the migrants’ arrival, the city mayor’s office told 2KUTV News.

“I have, myself, communicated our displeasure,” Andrew Roberts, chief of staff for Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson, told the outlet.

 

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