Parents want answers after teachers at a middle school in Colorado were accused of taping face masks to students’ faces.
The outrageous incident took place last week at Chinook Trail Middle School in Colorado Springs, where a selfie sent to a parent by her sixth-grade daughter showed her with blue tape over her face mask above her nose.
Speaking to Fox 21 News, the girl’s mother, Stephanie, claimed her daughter was barely given an opportunity to comply with the relatively-new mask rule.
“Stephanie explained that her daughter was only given one warning to keep her mask over her nose, or she would need to tape to keep it up. The sixth-grader told her mom that a couple of weeks ago this new policy went into practice with teachers enforcing it,” Fox21 reported.
The mother reportedly uploaded the photo to social media to see if other parents or students had witnessed or experienced similar acts.
Another parent was told by a student that teachers walk around class with tape rolls on their wrists waiting to force compliance.
“She said the teachers were wearing the masking tape around their wrists like bracelets and whenever someone’s mask would fall down they would tape them,” the parent described. “It’s sad that our world is coming to this and teachers would think it is ok.”
According to Stephanie, the tape is dehumanizing.
“It’s a type of a restraint to me,” she told local media, adding she thinks it’s absurd her daughter and other students have come to embrace the mask.
“With the mask mandates and everything she’s become she likes them because they hide her face cause of acne or whatnot, what really made me sad was that she didn’t see what was wrong,” Stephanie said.
“It’s developing some sort of mentality in our children where that kind of restraint over your face… Your face is you, that is how people know you, they are just doubling down on hiding you and not letting you breathe and it just… it’s conformity to the extreme.”
The Academy School District 20 implemented a mask mandate late last month on Sept. 27.
In a statement to local media, the district confirmed it had received reports of teachers masking students, but claimed an investigation thus far had not proven whether students were behind the act.
“Currently, we do not have concrete findings. As we know more, we will keep our community apprized. We thank our community for their patience and support as we take the appropriate steps to address these serious allegations.”
“We’ve heard rumors that students did it on their own, we’ve heard rumors that teachers handed out the tape, we’ve heard rumors that teachers joked about it but the students got the tape, there are so many versions of this story that is why we need to actually talk with every single student and find out what really happened,” D-20 Chief Communications Allison Cortez said.
Stephanie and her daughter have reportedly been invited to meet with the school principal, prior to which she plans to consult an attorney. In the meantime, her daughter will take classes from home until the investigation runs its course.
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