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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.
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.
- …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.
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 news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com