Jamie White

May 18, 2021



A 10-year-old Florida boy excoriated the Martin County School Board in an epic speech railing against the masks and his teachers’ hypocrisy.

“I just turned 10 years old and I am a fourth grader at Felix A. Williams,” the young student began. “I expected school to be a little bit different in the beginning, but I didn’t think it would stay this way all year long.”

And I was surprised by the rules. A lot of them didn’t make any sense to me, like the fact that we were not allowed to play on the playground or have student council or turn to face each other at lunch. And we also have to wear masks outside on P.E. and on track.”

The boy then called out a neurotic pro-mask teacher for hypocritically policing masks in school when she herself wore the mask below her chin.

“I love my school and all, but my teachers seem really stressed and that makes me feel bad. One teacher walks around with a clipboard full of referrals for any student whose mask isn’t on properly. It makes me feel scared,” he said.

“That same teacher yells at us having our mask on to drink water outside in the car line. She told us we had to wait until we were in our parents’ car to have a drink of water. She had her mask down the entire time while she was yelling at us, which makes me and all my friends very mad. This happens a lot.”

“And it seems unfair teachers take their masks off while they yell at us kids and that we need to pull ours up,” he continued. “I asked my mom if there is a word for this, and she said ‘there is: hypocrisy.’”

The student then explained that wearing the mask all day “makes it hard to breathe” and gives him “really bad headaches.”

“My mask also sticks to my face when it’s really hot and it makes it hard to breathe. I feel like I can’t catch my breath and that makes me feel claustrophobic and anxious, it’s really stressful,” he said.

“A few weeks ago I ran into my teacher outside of school, she didn’t even recognize me because she’s never seen my face before. Well, I knew it was her because she sits at her desk a lot without a mask on. I know my teacher has asthma and everything, but I understand why it’s hard for her to wear a mask, and I think she should have that choice.”

“But I should too,” he went on. “I have allergies and I feel really anxious with my face covered. But I’m not allowed a mask break like her. It seems unfair. All this seems unfair and it doesn’t make sense.”

“I miss seeing people’s face. I miss the way things used to be. I’m scared they’ll never go back to normal. Breathing freely doesn’t seem like something we should have to ask any other people for permission for. Please make masks optional today. It would be so awesome to end the school year on a really happy note like that,” he concluded.

This commendable speech comes as parents and students across the country are beginning to push back against oppressive mask mandates and COVID measures despite the CDC guidance recommending no masks or social distancing for vaccinated individuals.