La BESE Abruptly Adjourns Due to Unruly Public Response to Masking

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On August 18, 2021, the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) was supposed to consider whether it had the final say on masking requirements in Louisiana’s school and not the governor.

On August 02, 2021, Louisiana governor, Jon Bel Edwards, reinstated a statewide mask order indoors effective August 04, 2021, for all individuals aged five and older, with some exceptions (i.e., no mask when eating).

A number of individuals attending the meeting refused to abide by the governor’s mandate. BESE member Holly Boffy made the motion “Due to the fact that the audience has ignored the request to wear masks, I move that we adjourn the meeting.”

Amid yelling from the audience, Boffy’s motion was seconded.

Then, BESE member Ronnie Morris tried to reason with the audience: “As board members, we’re required to follow the protocol. We’re asking you guys to help us out,” adding, “personally, I’d like…

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