Mask protests by area students leave some outside, others sent home

HHS students were sent outside following a protest against the mask mandate (courtesy of person attending event – anonymous)

HHS students were sent outside following a protest against the mask mandate (courtesy of person attending event – anonymous)

From the information we have seen and received, it appears, so far, that most of the protests have taken place at Hanford High School.

ZONE STUDENTS SHOW UP WITHOUT MASKS TO PROTEST MANDATE

A statewide effort to “ditch the mask” has been circulating on social media sites for several days leading up to today, Monday, January 31.

Accommodation provided for HHS students away after the event (used with permission of event participant – anonymous)

Accommodation provided for HHS students away after the event (used with permission of event participant – anonymous)

A week ago on Friday, a dozen students from Southridge demonstrated in the same way. According to KSD, about half ended up wearing one, the rest were sent home with an excused absence if parents were reached.

Today footage was taken of Hanford students who had to ‘wait’ outside because they weren’t wearing masks. A source told us they were first sent to the stands at the nearby football ground and then given blankets and food.

The number of Hanford students in the image appears to be at least ten, a source whose child was one of the students said it started with 12 and eventually grew to around 20 children who joined the demonstration. We also heard 2 or 3 students at Kamiakin in Kennewick although there seemed to be more. A parent who wished to remain anonymous said his child told him there was Followingbut they were “processed” in different parts of the school, rather than lumping them all together.

SOME PARENTS DEMAND THAT STUDENTS ARE SENT HOME WITHOUT NOTIFICATION

Several parents said they were told by their HS child that they were being sent home due to the mask protest, but the parents had not been notified before their child was sent packing. Southridge officials granted students an excused absence if parental approval was obtained a week ago on Friday.

A source with first-hand information about Hanford emailed it to us:

“The kids were sent to the office, some earlier than others. They were told about the mandatory masks at school and then taken to the FB field. One of my daughters was sent to the office the first period, my another girl was sent off with the others in the second half.”

This parent said he had the opportunity to speak with the director and express his point of view and that of his children. This parent said the students who protested were “housed” and the school tried not to just leave them outside in the cold and wind. This The relative felt that Hanford had made an effort to at least understand why the protest was taking place and was not completely brutal in his response.

We have no information or verification of other students who may have protested at other schools in Tri-City.

Emails sent to the Richland and Kennewick school districts, at the time of this writing, have yet to produce an “official” response.

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