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“wearing a mask is a personal choice and there is no practical way to enforce a mandate to wear them.”

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At the North Paulding High School in Georgia, the superintendent claims that there is no practical way to enforce a policy that is basically an extension of the dress code. Why not suspend students for refusing to wear masks?

That’s what they did to the student who published a photo of the crowded hallway between classes– which photo suddenly went “viral.” (The suspension was reversed after complaints from free speech advocates, or parents, or someone with pull.)

The irony, not to say hypocrisy, of the situation is completely lost on these people. “No practical way”– how about sending the student home with a note? No, they’re afraid of the backlash they would get from their parents…

Read the editorial in Washington Post for details.

Just a personal note: it reminds me of the dress code when I was in high school. One of the rules was that you had to wear socks. I asked why that was an issue and someone (a jock) said “because your feet smell bad if you don’t wear socks.”

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