Police and school staff stand by and watch as students pour through the front doors
Footage going viral online shows Manchester High School students in Manchester, Michigan forcing their way onto campus Tuesday in protest of a new “mask mandate” implemented by the Washtenaw County Health Department.
In the video, a police officer can be heard talking to parents standing outside the school.
“If you don’t want to go in, you don’t have to,” the officer said. “I’m not going to force anybody, I’m not putting masks on anybody, that’s not my job.”
The parent filming responded, “So, they can go in without the mask?”
“This is a county health department order and a policy of the school that if… anybody that’s gonna go in, they’ve got to have a mask on,” the officer explained.
After telling the parents he wasn’t there to argue with them, the officer walked away and parents told the students to “go in.”
“They can’t enforce it,” the parent filming said. “You guys, they can’t touch you, just go ahead and go in.”
A pair of masked school employees stood blocking the doorway of the school while students crowded around, trying to get in.
After about a minute of debate and parents encouraging the kids to head in because the staff can’t touch them, the students made their way into the school.
“Be kind and respectful,” parents told the high schoolers after they made it inside.
Discussing the scene, Manchester Superintendent Brad Bezeau said, “It did get vocal and students did begin pressing against the door for entry without masks, obviously not being compliant. I wouldn’t want to block students or anything like that, so that’s certainly how they got past us, but we were doing our due diligence and making sure that they understood that entering the building without a mask isn’t in compliance.”
After they entered, the maskless students were allegedly not allowed into their classrooms and were instead sent to a separate, isolated part of the school to work for the rest of the day.
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Derrick Jackson touched on his department’s involvement in the incident, saying, “Law enforcement is there to keep the peace, help keep people calm, de-escalate situations, to explain and to advise. We are not there to cite people for a (public health) violation.”
With local, state and federal governments all becoming exceedingly tyrannical, a massive increase in civil disobedience is necessary in order to protect our freedoms.