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Anti-masker calls for parents to pull kids out of school in protest against mask rule

An 'activist' has suggested parents should take their children out of school until mask-related covid rules are reversed
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Clodagh Meaney

An anti masker has called for parents to pull their children out of school.

It comes as National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has recommended that children in third class and above wear masks in school in a bid to slow down the spread of the Covid-19 infection.

Sharing an image to messaging service Telegram, self-described ‘activist’ John Caulfield urged parents to take their children out of school from Monday December 6th “until they stop.”

“Pull them out, teach them a lesson. The time is now. Primary and Secondary school children.

Do whatever you have to do insofar as possible. War has been declared on our most precious, radical measures are needed,” he said.

It comes as anti-vaxxers are set to demonstrate outside the Dáil tomorrow as part of a school walk-out to protest against kids wearing face masks at school.

“Calling on parents and children across Ireland to unite in a mass gathering at Dáil Éireann,” a promotional poster for the school strike reads.

“Minister Donnelly, we will not comply with your inhumane mask mandate for primary school children.”

“Let’s lead by example and show our children what democracy looks like!”

The poster also boasts that they will be joined by “inspirational speakers, teachers, therapists, special needs parents and more!”

The rally is supported by ‘Enough is Enough’ a group that describe themselves as “campaigners for truth and civil rights, freedom and bodily autonomy.”

The recommendations are to take effect immediately and will be reviewed again by NPHET in February.

Medical exemptions will apply to any pupil with difficulty breathing or other relevant medical conditions and any pupil who is unable to remove the cloth face-covering or visor without assistance.

Exemptions will also apply to “any pupil who has special needs and who may feel upset or very uncomfortable wearing the cloth face covering or visor, for example pupils with intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental health conditions, sensory concerns or tactile sensitivity.”

Schools have also been told that they are best placed to identify those children whose complex needs are such that the wearing of face covering may not be possible for them, and to discuss this with parents as required.

“In such circumstances a school may not require medical certification to provide an exemption to the wearing of face coverings. In other circumstances where a medical certificate is not provided that person (staff or pupil) will be refused entry to the school,” guidelines state.

Pupils from third class and up on the primary transport scheme will also be required to wear face masks/coverings subject to the exemptions above.

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