Segregated TN Kids In School Isolation Mistreated, Not Receiving Proper Education

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The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –

Following our story regarding Knox County School kids being isolated and segregated from other students for refusing masks, parents have reached out to us with stories from their schools.

One such parent of a Farragut Intermediate School student shared the isolation conditions the children are experiencing.

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The parent states that the conditions “continue to expose how teachers are biased and not willing to work with the children or parents.”

The parent reports that his child’s teacher assigned “busy work” assignments but provided no resources for the assignment to be completed, such as the books referenced in the assignment i.e. – use Table within page 253 of book XYZ, no book provided.

According to the parent, the student’s teacher acknowledged that the work assigned was not the actual assignments the other students received.  

The teacher also will not allow the student to participate in any special occasion activities, unless the student complies with the mandate.  According to the parent, the teacher stated this is so it wouldn’t have to be explained to the other students.

Grades are being given next week for the end of the semester, prior to Fall break and according to the parent, the teacher in question will not allow the end-of-semester tests to be administered anywhere but in the classroom with the masked students.

Further, the parent states that the teacher will not allow the student to temporarily wear a mask in order to take the test.  The parent says the teacher is “intentionally failing my child!”

The parent expressed concerns that when and if the student is ever allowed to return to class, judgement and discrimination will be waiting.

According to the parent, the school allows the children to play without wearing masks during recess stating that “the policy is either relaxed or not enforced.”  However, the children being kept in isolation for not wearing masks are segregated from the other students even during this time.

The same goes for lunchtime when children have to take their masks off to eat.  Those that are not wearing masks throughout the day are segregated from those that do.

The parent states that the student, when relating the isolation experiences to his/her parents, said that he/she did not want to go back to school due to the raw experience and cried because it was “terrible.”

The parent has reported these events to all appropriate parties stating that the student should receive “equivalent curriculum and be cared for in conditions that do not cause undue stress, bullying, discrimination and segregation.”

“The choices these children and families make should not negatively impact the child’s opportunity to learn, just because they believe differently than someone else on a specific situation that is out of their control,” the parent said.

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In the notification to the school and other parties, the parent states they will be addressing the school board on October 6th and outlined several points that need to be addressed.

  1. …students in this situation should be receiving education following the same curriculum as those who wear a mask

a. 30 minutes of work in the beginning of the day does not constitute school

b. No instruction provided by a teacher is unacceptable –> kids, especially at these young ages, should not be required to teach themselves as they are not mentally equipped to do so

2. The teachers are clearly treating those who are not wearing masks differently

a. i.e. sit quietly, isolated, penalizing them for talking and moving them to other tables

b. Monitoring them on bathroom and water breaks as though they are in trouble

c. Not allowing them to participate in recess with their peers, even though they (the complying students) do not wear masks when at recess

* Please note: The Tennessee Conservative has not included the names and genders of the parties involved in order to protect their identities.

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About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative  ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career.  Most recently, he served as Deputy Directory for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others.  He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History.  Contact Jason at

7 thoughts on “Segregated TN Kids In School Isolation Mistreated, Not Receiving Proper Education

  • October 1, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    These parents should pull their children out and sue the district! People need to fight harder.

  • October 1, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    I would also put that teacher on blast. Unfortunately, we’re going to have to start using some of the leftists tactics against them. Dox that teacher, she will be chased out of town. These traitors must being to reap what they’ve sown.

  • October 1, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    The good teachers are leaving, just the socialists can function in that toxic environment…

  • October 1, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    Parents need to pull their children out of these communist schools. Home school your children. There has to be home school groups all over the state. Do not compromise your freedoms to these communists

  • October 1, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    I agree adopt Liberal Tactics, Name the Teacher and the School. They have earned this treatment.

  • October 1, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    This article completely misses the one main point it should mention. The students are not segregated for the entire school day they’re moved to a location waiting only until their parents come to pick them up. This is not school for these children. They have decided to not follow the federal judges mandate and therefore the parents are supposed to pick up the students from school. It is not sitting in a segregated area and then not allowed to go play not allowed to eat lunch etc. The only reason these kids are at school as long as they are is because the parents decided to send them knowing they would not be part of the main classroom. These kids are supposed to be picked up and the only one neglecting their duty is the parent. Whether you are for or against masks this article completely misses that point and is blind to the whole truth. If your kid is absent because they are sick like it or not you are not always going to get the same exact assignments that the kids get in the classroom. You cannot give a child always the same assignment when you are teaching face-to-face and helping them in person. This has been going on forever when kids miss school or are absent for whatever reason. Don’t put stuff out to the public like this it’s not helping anybody.

  • October 1, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    A statewide mask mandate isn’t necessary in all of TN, individual areas of high incidences of Covid need to do what they feel necessary, and with current technology why can’t the children receive curriculum being taught in another room? Remaining in school is important emotionally and scholastically.


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