The last few days leading to the start of school have been a whirlwind of information and action from governors, attorneys general, judges, mayors, superintendents, and even principals,” Eanes Independent School District Superintendent Tom Leonard wrote in a statement Tuesday. “Fear is gripping the country as parents struggle to understand what their kids will face when they walk into that first day of school. Will there be violence over a mask? Should I get my child a bulletproof backpack or should they be worried about more?” Parents are getting violent with school teachers over their wearing masks.
“A parent physically assaulted a teacher by ripping a mask off her face, others yelling at a teacher to take off her mask because they could not understand what the teacher was saying while her face was covered,” Leonard wrote. “Our staff are on the front lines of this pandemic; I have had over the past four months three threats from parents over my wearing a simple surgical mask.” The board president, Leonard Rangel, did not disclose the condition of the teacher who was attacked or the disciplinary action taken against the parent accused of assaulting her in his statement. What type of action will the school board take against the parents that became violent over the masks?
“To be clear, we respect the Travis County Order requiring masks and highly encourage masks for all students, staff, and visitors to our campuses,” Leonard said. Our hospitals are full at the moment, our medical personnel are under extreme pressure. We are doing our part to help.” Leonard also stated they had no power to enforce the wearing of masks. Amador County authorities are currently trying to figure out why a parent attacked a teacher at Sutter Creek Elementary School. The incident happened at approximately 10:40 a.m. on Monday, October 5th. According to investigators, a parent caused an argument with a teacher in the school hallway before attacking him.
The parent then fled the school with his child, leading to a lockdown in the area. No one else was injured during the incident. The parent was described as an African American male in his 30s or 40s, approximately 5’9″ tall and weighing approximately 180 lbs with brown eyes and grey hair. He was wearing a dark blue Nike windbreaker with white lettering on the sleeves and a matching hat. Miles Chandler, a Williamson County resident who was at the meeting where the vote took place last week, said most of the people wearing masks outside were parents. He was critical of the Williamson County school board, saying that he wanted to feel welcomed into the community but added that “I don’t feel welcome from what I saw [outside the meeting].
” It almost seems the parents are the kids. They’re actually getting violent with their child right there to see everything. I believe in the old saying, when someone shows you who they are, believe them. I also believe a person can change if they really want to. Children have shown more symptoms with the delta variant of the coronavirus than with previous strains, and they have increasingly been hospitalized in recent weeks. Children’s hospitals in states that have high transmission rates have reported bed shortages. Until this virus is under control I would like to see the children protected.