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By Marc Lutz 

School day face mask protest attracts 14 students


January 27, 2022

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Fourth grader Logan Janssen, 9, holds up a sign reading, "Unmask our children! Let them be kids!" during a protest at the sledding hill near Volunteer Park. Logan was one of about 14 elementary and middle school students who staged a walkout from classes last Friday over the district's COVID-19 face mask mandate.

The kids gathered atop the sledding hill across from Evergreen Elementary, next to a small fire in which they burned face masks. They carried signs reading "Unmask Wrangell Youth!!" and "Unmask our children! Let them be kids!" They chanted, "Burn the masks!"

It was part of a walkout in which children and parents frustrated over wearing masks during school hours voiced their opposition to the districtwide rule.

About 14 elementary and middle school students left the grounds at 10:30 a.m. last Friday to protest the district's mitigation plan, which includes masking for everyone while on campu...

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