NH Woman Gets Arrested for Attending School Board Meeting Without a Mask

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A Sunday School teacher’s been placed in cuffs for showing her face.

On Thursday night, in Plaistow, New Hampshire, Timberlane Regional School Board’s in-person meeting was set to begin at the district’s Performing Arts Center.

At the last minute, Chairwoman Kimberly Farah shut it down.

Her new idea: The assembly would be held virtually.

But before cancellation occurred, a group of barefaced folks showed up to demand an end to the school mask mandate.

Cops were called, and it seems the protest left Kimberly shook.

She explained to law enforcement, “I didn’t want to jeopardize the health of the staff and the students.”

Kate Bossi was surely disappointed by the call-off — she was one of the parents who’d arrived unmasked.

But what was likely even more of a letdown was the fact that Kate got arrested.

Her daughter watched as police pulled her hands behind her back.

“You are violating my rights right now,” Kate informed the fuzz. “You are remiss.”

The law’s an interesting thing — what’s a jailable offense in one area (or era) is absolutely allowable in another.

Must everyone wear masks? Not everywhere.

As I covered Wednesday, Texas has banned such requirement in all public schools and government buildings.

From Gov. Greg Abbott’s press release:

“Texans, not government, should decide their best health practices, which is why masks will not be mandated by public school districts or government entities. We can continue to mitigate COVID-19 while defending Texans’ liberty to choose whether or not they mask up.”

Congress and newscasters have been known to be okay with it:

And back before the vaccine, Dr. Fauci didn’t appear worried over social distance:


But in New Hampshire Thursday night, exposed upper orifices were an affront to public health.

As Kate was detained, a man yelled, “Come on, Sgt. Porter. You know this is wrong, what they’re doing to our kids.”

The issue of children being made to take cover has certainly collected controversy.

A January American Academy of Pediatrics study revealed that viral transference at school was “extremely rare”:

We examined 11 school districts with nearly 100,000 students/staff open for 9 weeks of in- person instruction, tracking secondary transmission of SARS-CoV-2; within-school infections were extremely rare. Each case was independently adjudicated for community or within-school acquisition by local health departments. … No instances of child-to-adult transmission of SARS-CoV-2 were reported within schools.

Yet, a school bus driver recently slapped a little girl in the face because she wouldn’t pull her mask up over her nose.

As Kate Bossi was cuffed, her daughter — Jackie Wydola — asked, “Are you seriously doing this, you guys? This is law enforcement. You’re not enforcing laws, you’re enforcing policy.”

According to Jackie, her mom “didn’t really have any interaction with the officer.”

Kate was the first unmasked person to enter the auditorium.

Per the New Hampshire Union Leader, more drama ensued:

Bonnie Bowley of Danville, who also showed up at the meeting without a mask with her children, said her family has a “medical exemption.”

She said Bossi is the Sunday school teacher for her children, who were crying after watching the arrest.

Bonnie told the Union Leader she wouldn’t have brought her kids, had she known they would “face that kind of aggression.”

“I came here pretty calm, and now I’m trying to calm down.”

As for the call-off, it’s unsurprising.

Chairwoman Kimberly also serves on the Danville Board of Selectmen and was one of three selectmen who walked out of Monday’s board meeting because a maskless crowd showed up, violating a board policy requiring masks in town buildings.

Danville Board of Selectmen Chairman Shawn O’Neil — one of those naked-nosed rebels — had arrived at the school board meeting sans mask, prepared to ask the board to drop its requirement.

He’s concerned about the prom:

“Kids are going to be going to the prom in two days. It would be nice to have them be able to enjoy it without a mask. You know? They all got screwed last year.”

When the meeting resumed remotely, Shawn made the motion.

No one seconded it.

Jackie went to jail for disorderly conduct.

Last year, crowds filled streets across America, in frequent violation of COVID rules.

But it seems the more benign the situation, the more the benign rules are enforced — and in a way that’s less benign.

Thursday night was benign; so someone got arrested for laying bare their lips.

We’ve really got some things to figure out, America.

-ALEX

 

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