VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A Volusia County School Board meeting that was set to start at 1 p.m. Tuesday was instead delayed when a group of maskless mothers refused to put on facial coverings.
Items on the agenda include adopting a new COVID-19 mask mandate policy that would apply to anyone on campus and adopting a policy that would set guidelines for how district employees use social media.
The meeting started more than an hour late Tuesday at about 2:30 p.m., after DeLand police officers trespassed the women and removed them from the building.
According to footage from the incident, the women claimed they had medical exemptions that allowed them to not wear masks in public.
Volusia County School Board meeting off to an explosive start. Board members will discuss social media policy for teachers/ staff and adopting a mandatory face covering policy. Below are couple of parents/ demonstrators arguing with the school district that they can't be forced to wear a mask at the board meeting.Posted by Loren Korn News 6 on Tuesday, October 27, 2020
"We’re not here to protest, we’re here to speak... We’ve already talked to the lawyer from the city and he’s already told us if you have a medical reason you do not need to wear a mask. This is not OK. This is called coercion. This is called a return to previous times in history, I won’t label them. We live in a free country, this is a free city. DeLand city told us we don’t have to do this,” Rachael Cohen said.
Officers from the DeLand Police Department arrived at about 1 p.m. and when they did, Cohen turned to the group turned to the other maskless mothers and asked them to take care of her three children who were outside.