A Florida woman repeated a talking point recently pushed by Fox News host and conspiracy theorist Tucker Carlson while disrupting a school board meeting on Tuesday.
“We do not need masks for our kids! It’s child abuse!” the unidentified woman shouted at the Hillsborough School Board retreat in Tampa.
Bay News 9 reported that the board’s public meeting was held in a small conference room and attended by mostly board members and the media. The incident was caught on video from several angles:
“It’s child abuse”: Today’s Hillsborough County School Board Retreat was interrupted by a protester who opposes the pandemic face mask rules on campus. Here’s the video. pic.twitter.com/0TlCQ69ZyE
— 10 Tampa Bay (@10TampaBay) May 4, 2021
It’s not clear if the protester was a fan of or influenced by Carlson. However, her shouts were in line with comments he made on the air last month when he claimed that masks on children were “child abuse.”
“Your response when you see children wearing masks as they play should be no different from your response when you see someone beat a kid in Walmart. Call the police immediately. Contact child protective services. Keep calling until someone arrives. What you’re looking at is abuse, it’s child abuse, and you’re morally obligated to attempt to prevent it.”
The retreat was interrupted by an anti-mask protester. pic.twitter.com/mIFTsmD75a
— Marlene Sokol (@Marlenesokol) May 4, 2021
Security escorted the woman out of the room, The Tampa Bay Times reported. It’s not clear what, if anything, happened after.
Protestor disrupts Hillsborough School Board retreat with sign and yelling at board to “Stop the mask mandate”. Escorted out by security. @BN9 pic.twitter.com/viQxZp9acU
— Laurie Davison (@Laurie_Davison) May 4, 2021
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