BESE adjourns meeting as audience refuses to wear masks

A packed house for the Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021 BESE meeting
A packed house for the Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021 BESE meeting(WAFB)
Published: Aug. 18, 2021 at 1:41 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 18, 2021 at 7:43 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (KSLA) - Wednesday’s (Aug. 18) Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) meeting in Louisiana was continuously interrupted by outbursts from people in the audience.

Board members repeatedly reminded people in the audience they were required to wear masks, as mandated by Gov. John Bel Edwards’ executive order.

However, most people refused.

The board voted 8-2 to adjourn the meeting early, as the room filled with angry yelling.

The school board had been expected to determine whether to allow individual school districts to decide if public school students should be forced to wear face masks.

“Due to the fact that the audience has ignored the request to wear masks, I move that we adjourn the meeting,” one of the board members said.

“Are you serious?” could be heard before the broadcast ended.

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“Please allow us to have an orderly meeting,” one board member pleaded before the final vote to adjourn.

The governor’s order remains in place until at least Sept. 1. Included in that mandate are K-12 schools, universities and other higher education institutions. Edwards has said he will consider extending it if necessary.

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