Despite numerous concerns and multiple studies showing the adverse effects of children wearing masks during COVID lockdowns, the San Diego Unified School District Board voted this week to return to indoor mask mandates, according to numerous reports.
District school board President Sharon Whitehurst-Payne agreed with the decision made by the board, stating in an interview with Good Morning San Diego that “they really should wear the mask” and adding that students who feel uncomfortable with the mask “at that point, just not return” to school.
The comments come after the district announced that students enrolled in summer school will be required to wear masks indoors, as reported by Fox News.
However, the district has yet to determine whether there will be a mask mandate for the fall semester. So far, the mandate is only for Summer school. The district said they will “continue to monitor the COVID-19 community level according to the CDC and County data and we will communicate if there are any changes in two weeks.”
Whitehurst-Payne said that for parents concerned about the possibility of a mask mandate in the fall, there are “some options” such as “school that’s online.” What a joke. We already know the adverse affects of forcing children to be home schooled when parents were unprepared for home schooling
The San Diego School Board has been hinting for weeks that mask mandates would return and opponents have of mask mandates have expressed outrage over the decision. I’m one of them.
Rep Darrell Issa, who represents San Diego , told me Tuesday, “the forced masking of students has done extraordinary harm to millions of kids – and we are only now beginning to understand the true scope of the damage.”
“Rather than protect our students from harm, the San Diego school district is hurting them all over again. I stand with parents and families who know this must be stopped.”
Over the weekend Issa tweeted that the mandates put in place are “unsupported by science and contradicts common sense. We will fight this and defeat it again.”
I certainly hope so.
Los Angeles and San Diego are reimposing indoor mask mandates — including for schools and students.
This is unsupported by science and contradicts common sense. We will fight this and defeat it again.
— Rep. Darrell Issa (@repdarrellissa) July 16, 2022
The adverse effects of being forced to wear a mask or forced into unprepared homeschooling on children is well documented. For example, a recent Harvard University study revealed the large gaps in outcomes between schools that spent less than three weeks in remote learning and those that relied on online schooling for much of the pandemic, as reported by Fox News.
“Students in high-poverty schools that were remote for more than half of 2020-21 would be expected to see a 5% decline in average earnings over their career, given past relationships between test scores and earnings,” wrote Thomas Kane, a professor of education at Harvard and one of the authors of the study. “That may not sound like much, but when calculating losses for all 50 million students in K-12 education in the U.S., it would amount to a $2 trillion decline in lifetime earnings.”
Fox News host Steve Hilton of The Next Revolution, posted Tuesday on Twitter his concerns and disdain in regard to the school board’s decision.
“Cloth masks do not work,” said Hilton, a California resident, who warned that San Diego may just be the beginning. “Why do these bureaucrats ignore the science?” Hilton is also
I believe that if the San Diego School Board is mandating mask wearing in its schools and threatening that those who oppose it not return, then the school board must return the equivalent amount of the taxes being paid to the school system to the parents. These funds should be used by the parents for a school of their choice.
It should be pulled directly from the school budget and parents in San Diego who oppose these mandates should fight for these rights.
California Democrats are bringing us *backwards* by forcing children to wear masks once again.
Cloth masks do not work.
Why do these bureaucrats ignore the science?
— steve hilton (@SteveHiltonx) July 19, 2022
The adverse harm of children wearing masks have also been documented.
“The possible psychological harm of widespread masking is an even greater worry,” stated one Wall Street Journal. “Facial expressions are integral to human connection, particularly for young children, who are only learning how to signal fear, confusion and happiness. Covering a child’s face mutes these nonverbal forms of communication and can result in robotic and emotionless interactions, anxiety and depression. Seeing people speak is a building block of phonetic development. It is especially important for children with disabilities such as hearing impairment.”
We should not let what happened in San Diego infect the rest of our nation. We know better now. We have the vaccines and we do not need to put our children through this horror show again. Hilton is right “cloth masks don’t work.” That my friends is a scientific fact.
Maybe the San Diego School Board should spend their time reading the science instead of fear mongering.
As for the parents in San Diego, fight back and don’t let this school board abuse your children.
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Unearthing the Unthinkable Atrocities Israel endured from Hamas
SHURA ARMY BASE, Israel – It has been three harrowing weeks since a devastating and unexpected massacre unfolded across multiple Israeli army bases, civilian communities, and even a music festival by the Iranian backed terrorist organization, Hamas. The scars of this multi-pronged terrorist attack are deep, and Israel is grappling with the daunting task of identifying the fallen. The enormity of the challenge is not just in the scale of the attack but also in the sheer brutality unleashed by thousands of Palestinian terrorists.
The Shura Army Base, situated on the outskirts of the central Israeli city of Ramle, remains a grim testament to the horrors inflicted during this assault. According to reports from Fox News this week, the base has seen a continuous influx of deceased bodies and dismembered remains, arriving from the country’s southern regions in refrigerated trucks. Here, amidst the agonizing task of identification, army personnel, volunteers, and religious authorities have been confronted with atrocities that evoke chilling images reminiscent of the Holocaust.
In a somber interview, Col. Rabbi Haim Weisberg, head of the army’s rabbinic division, remarked on the stark brutality witnessed, drawing parallels to the darkest days of history: “During a war, each side tries to make a convincing argument that they are right, but these kinds of atrocities we have not seen since the days of the Nazis.”
The horrors perpetrated by the attackers are difficult to comprehend. Terrorists systematically went from house to house, leaving behind a trail of burnt families. Body bags filled with entire families, including grandparents, mothers, fathers, and innocent children, continue to arrive.
The task of identifying the fallen is overwhelming, even for the seasoned rabbis at the base, who typically deal with fallen soldiers during peacetime. “Here we have identified hundreds of bodies, and there are still many more waiting to be examined,” Weisberg lamented.
Moreover, reports stated that some of the bodies are so severely burned that conventional DNA testing is futile. In such cases, dental forensic teams are mobilized to painstakingly match victims with their dental records. Yet, even these methods are not always effective.
The toll of this horrific attack is staggering, with over 1,400 people confirmed dead and an additional 239 held captive in the Palestinian enclave. Furthermore, a hundred individuals remain missing. In the aftermath of the October 7 attack, IDF’s special forces have undertaken perilous missions within the Gaza Strip to recover the remains and body parts of the fallen.
Forensic archaeologists have been called in to devastated communities along the Gaza border to search for human remains. In one heart-wrenching discovery, a human jaw was found in a burnt-out safe room.
The families of the victims, clinging to hope that their loved ones might still be alive, are being confronted with the agonizing truth that their relatives are among the deceased. Rabbi Weisberg shared a particularly disturbing account of one badly charred body that turned out to be two victims – a mother and a baby bound together in a final, desperate embrace. Fox News reported that another victim was a pregnant woman, her stomach cruelly cut open, her unborn child torn out and beheaded. The umbilical cord remained attached, serving as a grim testament to the unparalleled cruelty.
In Rabbi Weisberg’s words, “When you think about evil, you realize it is beyond comprehension when you see what this terror organization did.” The grim task of identification unfolds within a large white tent at the Shura base, surrounded by rows of refrigerated containers. The air is heavy with the overwhelming stench of death.
Amidst this macabre environment, a team of female volunteers has been assigned the challenging role of cleaning the bodies of murdered women. This group is part of a unique military reserve, established over a decade ago, to handle the sensitive task of dealing with female combat soldiers who may fall in action.
Shari, one of the volunteers who remains anonymous due to military guidelines, revealed the somber details of their mission. Specially trained for a mass casualty event, they were called into action on October 7 and have since been working tirelessly. Shari conveyed the harrowing scenes they have borne witness to – women arriving still in their pajamas, their heads brutally disfigured, some booby-trapped with grenades.
“We saw evidence of rape,” Shari stated with a heavy heart. “Pelvises were broken, and it probably takes a lot to break a pelvis… and this was also among grandmothers down to small children. These are things we saw with our own eyes.”
As Israel grapples with the aftermath of this unprecedented and cruel attack, the nation is united in its resolve to honor and remember the victims while condemning the barbarity that has scarred their history.
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