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A New Jersey school nurse who claimed making children wear masks all day was inhumane and ineffective has been suspended.
Erin Pein, who refused to wear a mask herself while working at the school, claimed she was suspended by the Stafford Township school district, NJ.com reported.
“The masks unfortunately don’t prevent them from getting COVID. Because the viruses are so small, it can’t be stopped with a mask,” Pein said in a YouTube video posted last week.
Pein went on to explain that, given the low risk the China Virus has to children, making them wear masks all day amounts to “child abuse” and can cause “anxiety and depression.”
“Making these kids wear them for six or seven hours a day is awful,” she said.
The lawyer representing the school board declined to comment on the story.
“Unfortunately, it is a personnel matter and I do not have the ability to comment or discuss the matter, nor can I discuss any of the information that Ms. Pein has already chosen to make public,” school board attorney Martin Buckley told NJ.com.
As mentioned earlier, children are the lowest at-risk demographic against COVID-19 due to their robust immune systems, and teachers are far bigger drivers of the spread of the virus than students, according to the CDC.