As she walked up to the podium to speak, one of the moms grabbed a
face mask and spit her gum out into it. “It’s garbage,” she
shrugged, wadding it up. “It doesn’t work anyway. Not for me and
not for my kids.”
A dad who spoke after her said he, too, doesn’t think the masks
are effective, and said he’s pulling his kids out of school this
fall if the state doesn’t lift its mandate requiring all K-12
students to wear a face covering. Another mother carried her
4-year-old son in her arms, noting there’s no way he would keep
one on in his kindergarten class — but she thinks they’re stupid
anyway, regardless of age.
Parent after parent followed at the Utah County commission
meeting Wednesday afternoon, objecting for more than two hours to
having their kids in masks even as counts of the virus continue
to climb across the state, where there are more than 30,000
The first photo — a meeting of well over 100 people packed elbow to elbow in a room — is startling. These people are incoherently angry, and that’s striking. But the most salient fact — which straight news reporting won’t just come out and state — is that they are really, really stupid.