NJ school nurse punished for no-mask stance

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
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Bob Kellogg, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

coronavirus (illustration)A public school nurse in New Jersey has been suspended by the school district after publicly protesting mask wearing by students and herself.

The Hill was among the media outlets reporting that Erin Pein announced in a YouTube video she had been suspended by the Stafford Township school district.

A spokesman for the school district told The Hill there was no comment about the suspension.

In the video, Pein calls it “child abuse” to force children to wear a mask during the entire school day.

A heated war of words over mask wearing emerged early on during the virus pandemic. Some people condemn maskless shoppers as heartless and cruel while anti-mask Americans, convinced they don't stop the virus droplets, mock those who obediently wear them. 

New Jersey-based conservative activist Joe Connor tells One News Now the school district should trust its own nurse whose job is to keep students safe.

“Some bureaucrat is making a decision,” he says, “not based on the science but on some political agenda."

The school district fight is going on in a state where New Jersey’s governor, Phil Murphy, is mandating indoor masking wearing even for people who are fully vaccinated despite new CDC guidance.

Gov. Murphy told CNN his state was the first to require indoor masking when the virus hit and insisted there are only weeks left before it is dropped. 

“If we can save only one more life by waiting a couple of weeks longer,” he said, “I’ll sign up for that.”

"If people wear masks, it takes away part of them individually,” Connor complains, “and they become more of a part of a group.”

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