Girl, 12, talks to Florida official about ‘need’ for face masks

A 12-year-old girl met with a Florida official who is campaigning to run against Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday to tell her there is a need for face mask mandates in schools.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried met with Lila Hartley virtually after the Duval County student sent a letter to school district officials asking them to consider the safety of children who, like her 10-year-old brother, aren’t allowed to get the COVID vaccine.

“I am so worried … I don’t know what I would do if he died … masks save lives that’s a fact … many others would feel so much safer if masks were required,” Lila wrote in her letter.

Lila, who is getting ready to start 7th-grade, cited the recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics to mandate face mask use at schools regardless of vaccination status.

“Masks are important so we can continue to enjoy in-person school and not have to hurt families and staff by this terrible virus,” Lila wrote.

In South Florida, the School Board of Broward County voted in favor of a face mask mandate before Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order to protect “parents’ freedom to choose” on July 30th. The School Board of Miami-Dade County had yet to make a decision Monday.

After her meeting with Lila, Fried celebrated a Leon County victory on Twitter: “Florida’s Capital City and County @LeonSchools just mandated masks grades K-8th grade. Thank you Superintendent Rocky Hanna.”

Related stories

Aug. 5: Runcie on face mask mandates at public schools: We need to err on the side of cautionHouse lawmaker suing Pelosi over mask rule says he has COVIDAug. 6: DeSantis fires back after Biden asks him to ‘get out of the way’ of face mask mandates Local education leaders respond to state’s pressure against face mask mandatesCongressional candidate to file lawsuit against DeSantis over school mask mandates banAug. 4: Parents fight DeSantis’ ban on face mask mandates at Florida public schoolsFlorida Sen. Marco Rubio on Twitter: ‘Stop with the mask fetish’Aug. 3: Biden criticizes DeSantis for opposing face mask mandates and vaccine incentives amid surge in COVID casesAug. 3: Legal experts question DeSantis’ ban on schools’ face mask mandates in FloridaDeSantis won’t move on masks as Florida COVID wards swellJuly 31: Miami Beach mayor opposes DeSantis’ stance against face mask mandatesJuly 30: DeSantis issues executive order against face mask mandatesJuly 29: Miami-Dade’s new mask mandate kicks in with some criticismScience teacher on mask mandate in Broward: ‘Risks are way too high; inconvenience is minimal’DeSantis, Republicans mock CDC mask guidanceMask with Nazi symbols sold at Fort Lauderdale gas stationOnce fading, mask sales starting to reboundJuly 28: Broward school board agrees to impose face mask mandate starting Aug. 18New CDC guidelines set off rush to reimpose mask mandatesJuly 27: Mask-wearing guidelines in flux as COVID-19 cases spikeJuly 20: Schools confront more polarization with mask rules for fallJuly 16: Delta variant risk means face mask use even if vaccinated against COVIDRead More


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *