TORRINGTON — Liz Patterson recently joined the Unmask Our Kids CT movement, which brings together parents and other residents who don’t believe wearing masks prevents COVID-19 from spreading.
Patterson, a mother of two whose daughter is about to start third grade, said the mask rule should be dropped completely. She wants more people to know that if they’re against the mask rules, they’re not alone. “I think there are people who agree with us, but they don’t know others feel the way they do,” she said.
“The more people who get into this movement, the better,” Patterson said.
Danielle Costa, a Torrington parent and friend of Patterson, also supports Unmask Our Kids. Costa, an EMT and massage therapist, has been vaccinated, but she doesn’t agree with the idea of children wearing masks every day.
“It’s ridiculous,” she said. “It should have stopped a long time ago.”
Since she joined Unmask Our Kids, Patterson has attended rallies, put up lawn signs, written letters and made phone calls to garner more support. She said about 100 people from Torrington have joined the local group.
“All the groups from different towns communicate with each other, and join protests,” Patterson said. “There’s one next weekend in Newington on the Berlin Turnpike. Everyone spreads the word, and get people to show up.”
In June, Patterson appealed to the Board of Education to let children return to school in the fall without the mask rule in place.
“I then sent a letter, saying we will not comply with the mask rules, that it’s our choice and that without parental consent, we won’t send our kids back to school with masks,” she said. “(School board leader) Fiona Cappabianca wrote back and said, ‘don’t say “Torrington families” because not everyone agrees.’ I knew that, the letter was signed by about ten families. The superintendent wrote back and said, ‘We’re waiting to get better guidance.’
“But the governor’s executive order powers have been extended, and now we’re in a sick situation,” she said. “Our group is going to send their children to school without masks, and we’re not going to be OK with people giving our kids masks every day, or sending them home every day because they’re not wearing them. If that’s what has to happen, then we’ll send them again without masks.
“We have to take a stand, at some point,” Patterson said.
A state mask mandate has been a requirement since schools were allowed to reopen last fall in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Children under age 12 are not yet eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine and social distancing in classrooms can be difficult. “Universal and correct use of masks” is among the state Department of Education’s “five key prevention strategies” it lists as “essential to safe delivery of in-person instruction and help to prevent COVID-19 transmission in schools.”
On July 12, three days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said vaccinated students and teachers do not need to wear masks, Gov. Ned Lamont said he needed more time to decide whether to lift the mandate when schools reopen in the fall, according to a Hearst Connecticut Media story. Until the governor makes up his mind, school officials in Torrington are not dropping the requirement.
Costa claims that when cases of COVID-19 started showing up in city schools, it was the teachers who had the virus, not children. “There’s no reason to keep the kids masked up,” she said. “Half the time, they’re wearing them wrong, anyway. It’s been hard for them.”
She also thinks school districts are requiring masks to receive the COVID-19 funding being provided by the federal government and the state. “They have to comply, or they’ll lose their funding,” she said.
Both Patterson and Costa say wearing a mask all day at school is stressful for children. Patterson, who has conducted research on the CDC’s findings on mask-wearing and how it can prevent the virus from spreading, and has read studies that say there is no benefit to prolonged use of masks, said she complied with the rules last year. She also read a study from the U.S. National Library of Medicine that examined the idea that masks were a proper preventative measure for children.
“A year ago I didn’t want the masks, either,” she said. “I went back and forth with the superintendent, and she said, ‘Our hands are tied.’ So I complied. But now I have information, I have studies. Wearing them is not worth the risk.”
On the Connecticut Unmask Our Kids Facebook page, parents share information about vaccines and masks. “Call Ned, Unmask Our Kids!” with the governor’s phone number is posted. Another post reads, “Emergency Powers: What Emergency?” and calls Lamont a “benevolent dictator of health & safety.”
Torrington Superintendent of Schools Susan Lubomski said the district will follow the governor’s rules.
“We’re still waiting for more clarification from the governor at this point,” she said. “There’s nothing much to report.”
Patterson, however, said it’s up to the school district to make its own decisions. “These mandates, these executive orders, are not quite the same thing as the school board saying they’re going to follow guidance from state agencies,” she said. “To say they have to is misleading; they don’t. If the governor doesn’t extend his mandates, it doesn’t mean masks or nothing else. The state Department of Education says it’s up to the (individual) district.”
Emily M. Olson is the community editor for the Torrington Register Citizen, the New Haven Register and the Middletown Press. She is a 1997 graduate of Western Connecticut State University with a degree in English and a minor in journalism.
WELCOME TO TRUTH TALK NEWS @ HowardNema.com
Take advantage of all the books, articles, links and suppressed information YOU NEED TO KNOW that is available on this site.
START YOUR JOURNEY BELOW:
BOOKS YOU MUST READ TO UNDERSTAND THE NEW WORLD ORDER is an ever growing catalogue of hundreds of books, articles, documents and research material on all things New World Order. Many of these books are very rare. Some are hundreds of years old. Combined, they create a path of breadcrumbs that lead to greater understanding the unseen forces behind most of the evil in this world, who have charted humanity’s progress throughout the ages and continue to do so.
Subscribe to Truth Talk News on twitter
STAND UP FOR FREE SPEECH!
WATCH AND SHARE TRUTH TALK NEWS!
“Where truth the mainstream media ignores is the top story!”
Let us take a journey together down the rabbit hole.
Watch TRUTH TALK NEWS, a talk show discussing suppressed history, current events, politics, pop culture, the esoteric and exoteric, and all things New World Order.
5pm WEDNESDAYS in Western Connecticut on Spectrum Cable Channel 192 serving the towns of Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Colebrook, Danbury, Harwinton, Kent, Monroe, New Hartford, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Roxbury, Sherman, Southbury, Trumbull, Washington, West Hartland, Winchester and Woodbury. Rebroadcasts THURSDAYS 9pm.
All information reported on TRUTH TALK NEWS and HowardNema.com is sourced and verifiable and for the purposes of education and FAIR USE. Take advantage of the many books, articles, videos and FULL PDF’s available for FREE, safe downloads on this site. TRUTH TALK NEWS and HowardNema.com ARE FREE SITES. All books and information on the sites are FREE and NOT monetized in any way.
You are not cattle.
You are not a useless eater.
Do the research.
Find your own truth.
There is only one truth. . . .
Seek and you will find it.
Thank you for your continued support. God bless you all. HN
All content herein can be used by anyone in accordance with U.S. Copyright law.
TRUTH TALK NEWS and HowardNema.com are free and independent of any network, group or association.
FAIR USE NOTICE: Some content displayed on this video/site may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. This material has been made available in our efforts to advance understanding political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. constituting a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, all the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes