A Texas father undressed in bathing shorts at a city meeting to make a point about masks

On Monday, at a school board meeting in the Dripping Springs Independent School District, James Akers pulled off one item of clothing at a time until he was stripped in swim shorts. The trick was captured on video and had wide circulation this week.

Your point?

“We follow certain rules for a very good reason,” Akers told the board.

According to local newspaper KXAN Austin, Akers is a 15-year-old Texas city resident and a child attending a high school in the area.

“I’m here to say I don’t like the government or any other entity, you just have to ask my wife, tell me what to do,” Akers told the board as he began his curious version of the art of pro-mask performance. “But sometimes I have to squeeze the envelope a little. And I have just decided that I will not only talk about it, but that I will walk on foot ”.

“At work they make me wear this jacket. I hate it, ”Akers said as he took off his jacket. “They make me wear this shirt and tie. I hate it. “

“On the way here, I ran three stop signs and four red traffic lights, I almost killed someone,” he continued satirically (hopefully). “But for God’s sake, it’s also my way. So I have every right to drive as fast as I want, to make the turns I want. “

Akers continued his rhetoric, adding that when he arrived at the school parking lot that day it was full, so he chose a place for the disabled: “I decided I could park where the hell I wanted.”

Akers undressed to a pair of swimsuits and, on a mixed bag of joy, laughter and snorts, took home his point: “They are simple people of protocol. We follow certain rules for very good reasons. “

A school board member intervened and told Akers, “I think you’re a swimmer, but if you didn’t mind putting your pants back on for a comment, you’d be grateful.”

Masks are currently recommended in the school district, but are not required, according to KXAN Austin.

“There are too many voices out there that I think are deepening for political reasons and not thinking at all about the common sense decisions we make every day,” Akers later told the network.

Last month, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order banning state entities, including school districts, from requiring anyone to wear a face. But school districts across the state are stepping back in hopes of issuing warrants in certain districts.

Massachusetts has taken a uniform approach for the next school year and all students and public school staff must wear a mask indoors at least until October 1st. After this date, schools that have 80% or more of their students and staff vaccinated may leave the mandate only for vaccinated persons; unvaccinated students and staff should still wear masks.

Watch the video:


Brittany Bowker can be contacted at brittany.bowker@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @brittbowker.