A Texas father reportedly removed his underwear to point out the masks at a heated Dripping Springs school district meeting this week.
Monday’s meeting was intended to review the agenda in preparation for next week’s regular board meeting, with agenda items included in financial reports, construction updates and bond information. . But those who spoke at the public forum focused primarily on whether the council would move from its current position of optional mask.
Among those who spoke was James Akers, a 15-year-old resident and father of the school district, who left almost everyone in the spotlight when he shared his thoughts on the latest debates about mask requirements in schools.
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Akers described examples of drawbacks that benefit others to demonstrate a point about the importance of masks.
“I don’t like the government or any other entity, you just have to ask my wife, telling me what to do,” Akers said as he took off his jacket, according to Dripping Springs Century News. “At work, they make me wear this jacket. I hate it. They make me wear this shirt and this tie. I hate it.”
Then Akers took off his tie, along with his shirt.
“On the way here, I ran three stop signs and four red traffic lights,” he added. “I almost killed someone around here, but God, it’s my roads too. So I have every right to drive as fast as I want, to make the turns I want. Today I got here at school, and the parking lot it was full and I decided I would park where the hell I wanted, which in this case was a handicap [spot]. ”
“It’s a simple protocol, folks,” Akers continued after taking off his pants. “We follow certain rules for a very good reason.”
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Officers did not remove him and put his clothes back on at the request of Board Chair Barbara Stroud, Austin’s KXAN-TV reported.
“Mr. Akers, I get it (I think you’re a swimmer), but if you’d mind putting your pants back on for a comment, you’d be grateful,” Stroud said.
School district officials currently recommend masks, although they are not required for students, staff and other district staff, depending on the season.
Some parents at the meeting argued that the school should focus on teaching rather than applying masks, while others talked about the importance of having mandates to protect others from the virus. In Hays County, 50 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, according to Dripping Springs Century News. Of these, 41 are not vaccinated.
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The newspaper reported that no action was taken against masks during the meeting.
Dripping Springs is about 25 miles southwest of Austin.