Frum Educators Call Out Hypocrisy of Mask-Less Officials Forcing Kids to Mask Up (VIDEO)

FILE- In this Aug. 23, 2021, file photo, Miami-Dade schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, center, walks with students Oliver Angel, left, and Ariah Olawale, right, outside of iPrep Academy on the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, in Miami. The on-again, off-again ban imposed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to prevent mandating masks for Florida school students is back in force. The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, that a Tallahassee judge should not have lifted an automatic stay two days ago that halted enforcement of the mask mandate ban. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

NEW JERSEY (VINnews) — Orthodox Jewish educators blasted a new mask mandate imposed last week on school children in Paterson, New Jersey, calling it “insanity” and “disgusting”.

They noted the irony of Paterson’s mayor publicly affirming the necessity to force innocent adorable kids who have effectively zero risk of death to sit uncomfortably all day, while he himself was unmasked.

Ah, the optics.

At the press conference announcing the mandate, Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh was asked by a reporter why those announcing the mandate had taken their own masks off. He replied, “Well I took it off to speak.”

So apparently the virus cannot be transmitted while speaking? Hey, at least he didn’t say he took it off because he is a grown-up.

Joel Petlin, superintendent of the Kiryas Joel school district, replied to the video clip of the mayor, saying: “*I took my mask off to speak* must mean that he believes that it’s better to communicate your words when you are maskless.Now you know how all of these students feel. Repeating our masking mistakes is insanity. We’ve learned absolutely nothing, and kids will suffer for it.”

Orthodox social worker Justin Spero blasted the mayor as well, tweeting: “Paterson children must mask in class and speech therapy. No exceptions. “So why did you take off your mask? “Well I took it off to speak, and I’m boosted!” Disgusting elitism and cruelty.”

Several districts in New Jersey recently imposed the mandates. Effective last Tuesday, students and staff in Paterson must wear masks indoors, following in the footsteps of the Passaic School District, which reinstated the policy before winter vacation. The Camden City School District also announced a mask mandate for two weeks at 18 of its schools.


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