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‘We know who you are – we will find you’ Furious parents issue threat over new school mask mandate

Astonishing video footage showed the moment Tennessee anti maskers screamed abuse and threats at officials after a school board reinstated mandatory face mask rules. 

One enraged looking man was filmed following an unidentified man who had spoken at the Williamson County Schools Board meeting Tuesday night, and roaring: ‘We know who you are, you can live freely, but we will find you.’

Another man stood beside him was filmed telling his pal to calm down, before himself saying: ‘You will never be allowed in public again,’ to the official as he got into his car with the help of a sheriff’s deputy who was escorting him. 

The huge mob was filmed confronting the man and other officials after the meeting concluded Tuesday, amid a surge of new COVID cases in Tennessee. It saw the board vote 7-3 to reinstate mask mandates for elementary school students, because COVID vaccines have not yet been made available to the young. 

Another protester was filmed shouting: ‘There’s a bad place in hell for you guys,’ while the scores of anti-maskers gathered joined together in a chant of ‘Will not comply.’  

The Williamson County Schools Board of Education had health care professionals at their meeting to announce the new policy and answer questions, but it was disrupted by a group of agitated protesters who followed them into the parking lot before harassing them and surrounding their cars. 

One woman approached a masked individual and shouted, ‘Take that mask off,’ as the group chanted ‘No more masks.’

Another man yelled, ‘You are child abusers and there’s a place for you guys, there’s a bad place in hell for you guys and everyone’s taking notes.’ 

Video shows disgruntled parents and anti-mask demonstrators harassing health care professionals and school board officials after the Williamson County Schools Board of Education voted to require masks for students, staff and visitors inside and on school premises

An anti-masker shouted 'there¿s a bad place in hell for you guys' to doctors and nurses at a Tuesday night schoolboard meeting in Franklin, Tennessee

An anti-masker shouted ‘there’s a bad place in hell for you guys’ to doctors and nurses at a Tuesday night schoolboard meeting in Franklin, Tennessee

The man starts his car to leave as police intervene and direct the group away from the parking lot to let him through.

Before the fray in the parking lot, the board meeting had already grown contentious as irritated parents lashed out about the new mandate – one of whom was Outkick founder Clay Travis. 

Travis, who has two children in Williamson County Schools, said Williamson County Schools Board of Education members should be ‘ashamed of the choices that you are about to make.’ 

He continued by arguing masks in schools made ‘zero sense.’ 

‘I feel bad for all these people walking around in masks engaging in cosmetic theater thinking that they are making a difference against COVID – they aren’t,’ Travis said at the proceedings.     

‘Have any of you ever mandated masks for the seasonal flu?’ Travis added ‘Well, shame on you because every kid in Williamson County Schools has been under more danger from the seasonal flu every year than they are for COVID.’

Video from the proceedings continues to depict parents being extremely vocal and upset, chanting, ‘No more masks!’ before being asked to leave.  

The protests carried out into the school parking lot, where parents and demonstrators began harassing doctors and nurses. 

‘We know who you are. You can leave freely, but we will find you,’ one man said, as police officers intervened so public health experts could drive away safely. 

The protests carried out into the school parking lot, where parents and demonstrators began harassing doctors and nurses.

The protests carried out into the school parking lot, where parents and demonstrators began harassing doctors and nurses.

Travis, who has two children in Williamson County Schools, said Williamson County Schools Board of Education members should be 'ashamed of the choices that you are about to make.'

Travis, who has two children in Williamson County Schools, said Williamson County Schools Board of Education members should be ‘ashamed of the choices that you are about to make.’

On Tuesday, the Williamson County Schools Board of Education voted to require masks inside buildings and buses, immediately resulting in backlash from irritated parents - one of whom being Outkick founder Clay Travis (pictured).

On Tuesday, the Williamson County Schools Board of Education voted to require masks inside buildings and buses, immediately resulting in backlash from irritated parents – one of whom being Outkick founder Clay Travis (pictured).

As the delta variant contributes to an increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the nation, school officials fear an outbreak is on the horizon, especially in states like Tennessee where vaccine rates are low.   

The state is facing a 12.6 percent COVID positivity rate, according to Tennessee Department of Health data, with just 43.7 percent of the total population receiving at least one dose of the COVID vaccine and 38.9 percent fully vaccinated. 

About 98 percent of those who have died of COVID recently and 97 percent of the recent hospitalizations are among those who have not been vaccinated, state officials announced earlier this month.

But the Tennessee’s top immunization official, Michelle Fiscus, was fired on July 12 as she tried to encourage teenagers to get vaccinated, according to the Post.

She said in an interview that Tennessee Governor Bill Lee consistently resisted the state’s promotion of the COVID vaccine, saying: ‘I feel like the [health] department was gagged.’    

As the delta variant contributes to an increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the nation, school officials fear an outbreak is on the horizon, especially in states like Tennessee where vaccine rates are low

As the delta variant contributes to an increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the nation, school officials fear an outbreak is on the horizon, especially in states like Tennessee where vaccine rates are low

The state is facing a 12.6 percent COVID positivity rate, according to Tennessee Department of Health data, with just 43.7 percent of the total population receiving at least one dose of the COVID vaccine and 38.9 percent fully vaccinated

The state is facing a 12.6 percent COVID positivity rate, according to Tennessee Department of Health data, with just 43.7 percent of the total population receiving at least one dose of the COVID vaccine and 38.9 percent fully vaccinated

As children across the state begin a new school year, the Tennessee Department of Health encourages parents to make sure routine vaccinations are part of that visit.

‘Vaccinations prevent the spread of diseases and outbreaks,’ said Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP. ‘Tennessee has always done well at ensuring routine vaccinations for both children and adults are up to date. 

‘However, we know many Tennesseans got off-track with routine medical care during the pandemic and could be at risk for infection or disease, Piercey added.   

However, children under 12 years old — roughly sixth-graders and younger — still aren’t eligible to be vaccinated. 

Vaccine companies are still in the process of testing the shots’ effectiveness and safety for younger age groups, with a timeline for their approval being unclear.


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