Purdy patron protests masking protocols

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Terry Billingsley, a patron of the Purdy School District, presented information he and his wife collected regarding the insufficiency of utilizing masks, and requested board members allow students to make independent choices as to whether to wear them or not. Melonie Roberts/reporter@monett-times.com

No action taken on request from parent

A patron of the Purdy School District recently approached the board asking they allow students the option to decide if they wanted to wear masks while on campus or not.

Terry Billingsley, who, along with his wife, a microbiologist, researched the effectiveness of cloth masking, reported CDC statistics concerning the effectiveness of cloth masks.

“The only mask that would be effective is the one the military uses for CBRN,” he said. “This are the ones the military uses for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear exposure. And we have a week’s training every year on how to properly wear that mask. This is the only way to survive a chemical or biological environment.”

Billingsley went on to quote the most recent statistics of COVID-19 exposures in Barry County, but also noted there are two cases of Legionnaire’s Disease for which two patients have been treated.

“It is because they were breathing their own waste,” he said.

Billingsley said many factual videos and facts have been scrubbed from Google and can’t be found without a virtual private network (VPN), which most people do not have.

“I have 33 pages of information on the dangers of wearing a mask,” he said. “I am not against people wearing masks if they choose to do so. They are free to do so. But don’t take our freedoms away from our children. Don’t force them to wear a mask.”

No action was taken on the matter.

In other business, the board approved setting meal prices for the year. Breakfast prices are $1.50 for students and $1.75 for adults. Lunch prices are $2.10 for students and $2.20 for adults.

Compliance officers were also named for the upcoming year. They include:

Mindi Gates, superintendent, non-discrimination and anti-harassment officer, federal programs, ELL coordinator and migrant coordinator; Susan Funkhouser, custodian of records; Nicole Witt, homeless coordinator and foster care liaison; and Brian Anton, A+ coordinator and district test coordinator.

The next meeting of the Purdy School Board will be at 7 p.m. on Sept. 21.

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