The Covid Mask Cult Must Repent
Covid hysterics have caused the suffering of children and adolescents for two straight years
Back in October of 2021, the faculty at my school received an email about an eighth-grade girl recently diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The email mentioned that this girl’s anxiety disorder prevented her from wearing a mask. She missed two straight weeks of school since she could not stand to cover her face.
An empathetic school administration would immediately acknowledge the inhumanity of forcing any student to wear a mask, let alone one who suffered from a psychological disorder that did not allow them to participate in the pandemic theatrics of the “new normal.” However, instead of permitting this student to carry on with her education without exposing the details of her mental health, my school decided to reveal her psychological condition to her classmates, the parents of her classmates, and the entire school faculty. The fact that my school permitted her to remain in the building without a mask (for a short duration of time) functioned as the main catalyst of this disclosure of personal information.
Everyone in the building now wore a mask but this girl. The students, teachers, and parents all knew why: she had a mental health condition - a new diagnosis of OCD - and she could not mentally endure having her faced covered. Then, couched in language of concern and caring, the email went on to absurdly discuss the importance of keeping everyone safe from the virus, which, according to the disturbing pathology of our time, a healthy child without a mask could transmit at any moment.
The last sentence of this email compelled me to address this matter, since I had concerns for this student, and I could not ascertain whether any other teacher at my school objected to this immorality:
“The student is working intensively with professionals so she can tolerate wearing a mask for longer and longer periods of time.”
I found it deeply disturbing that a professional attempted to train this girl to wear a dehumanizing mask, which caused her mental anguish, so students, their parents, and teachers at my school could feign a false sense of security. I told my principal that no child or adolescent should have to get used to something as ludicrous and harmful as wearing a mask just to receive an education, especially if they suffer from an anxiety disorder. Furthermore, my school administration believed it necessary to reveal this student’s “vaccination” status in order assuage people’s irrational fears, and to force her to undergo weekly burdensome testing, since they considered a maskless child a safety concern! I called out the administration’s callousness towards this girl, and in effect caused my first ripple of the year, which later turned into waves of criticism of my school’s unscientific policies of Covid containment.
My school administrators and any decent therapist should have acknowledged that this teenage girl most certainly developed a mental health condition as a result of their pandemic policies, such as the dehumanizing mask requirement. Last school year, for instance, four students at my tiny private school had mental breakdowns and were admitted to psychiatric facilities. This is an extremely high number considering the small size of my school’s student body. The assumption that kids have no problem with forced masking - as well as other measures of containment - does not stand up to the mountain of evidence that has accumulated on child and adolescent mental malaise since the onset of this “pandemic.”
A recently published editorial in the The Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics detailed the “negative effects of Covid-19 safety measures on children and adolescents.” The authors of this editorial go on to highlight mental health issues that have impacted children and adolescents - with the greatest burden on teenage girls - throughout this manufactured crisis.
A 2021 meta-analysis found a 2-fold increase in the global prevalence of depression and anxiety for children and adolescents, with higher rates for adolescents and girls. Other studies have found increasing rates of anxiety, depression, and suicidal behaviors among school-aged children and adolescents (especially for girls); increasing emergency visits and hospitalizations; and long waits for acute psychiatric care.
Certainly, young people have had psychological episodes of grave concern - and have developed anxiety and depressive disorders - because of the fear mongering around Covid and the measures that symbolize that fear, such as the psychologically (and physiologically) damaging mask requirement, as well as the cancellation of milestone marking events, and forced quarantines.
Now, to relate this back to my own observations and experience: For a solid month, my school forced this girl with a nascent anxiety disorder to sit in the corner of her classroom, away from her peers, like a leper. Moreover, she continued to undergo therapy so she could “tolerate” having her breathing restricted by a facemask for “longer and longer periods of time.” Perhaps the treatment she experienced discouraged her and her parents from seeking a medical exemption for the mask requirement. If she would have received an exemption, though, would she still have had to stay away from her friends? Would she have remained ostracized, unable to participate fully in group work and activities? I believe this would have occurred if she was granted a mask exemption.
Without a doubt, the actions my school took could have furthered the despair this vulnerable girl may have felt, while also potentially exacerbating her OCD. Of course, any teenager would want this type of treatment to cease. So, eventually, and sadly, the “therapy” she received conditioned her to at least accept wearing a mask while at school, though I have know idea how she mentally handled having her face once again covered, if it continued to bother her, or if it interfered with her academics.
Whenever I pass this girl in the hallway, I think about the barbarity of those who forced her to undergo such a backward form of cognitive behavioral therapy in order to appease the hysterical adults of the Covid Mask Cult. I wonder if any other teacher voiced opposition to her treatment, as I did, since the eighth-grade English teacher - also her homeroom teacher - whom I spoke with regarding this matter, seemed totally nonplussed. This teacher did not find it morally wrong that our administration revealed this student’s personal psychological information, as well as her medical “vaccination” status, before ostracizing her in the classroom as if her unrestricted breathing posed a safety threat.
I even shared with this particular teacher the letter that I initially sent to my administration detailing my concerns. I thought, since she taught this student, and would have to enforce the stringent distancing requirements the administration demanded, she should know that someone else in the building supported her student as she struggled with OCD.
But the eighth-grade teacher completely ignored my email, and my concerns. I walked by her class often - since it is right next to mine - and saw a maskless girl in the corner of the room, away from the other students, as if riddled by disease. I found this abhorrent. The eighth-grade teacher and I no longer speak except for casual trivialities.
Recently, however, I’ve thought about what Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Even though I might not have a job teaching at my current school next year, because my principal threatened to discontinue my contract over a lesson I taught and my ongoing petitions against the school’s mask mandate, at least during these times of challenge and controversy, I still know where I stand.