Dozens of parents angered by an enduring mask mandate for children stormed a school board meeting in Vail, Ariz., on Tuesday after Gov. Doug Ducey lifted the state’s mask mandate on Monday for K-12 schools.
According to local reports, the board was set to discuss its mask policy, but members quickly canceled it and retreated from the building after more than 100 parents showed up to demand the mandate be lifted in accordance with the governor’s executive order.
One report put the number of parents at more than 200.
“The meeting was canceled before it was officially started when most of the crowd refused to wear masks or accept limits on the number of people allowed into the building,” Tucson.com reported.
Citing additional concerns about safety, someone from the Vail Education Board of Governors called 911, prompting a response of five deputies from the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.
Video of the encounters posted by KVOA correspondent Eric Fink shows one deputy telling a group of parents they have to leave the building, but the parents push back and refuse to depart.
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