Colorado Springs’ Academy School District 20 said it would conduct a probe over allegations that some staff at Chinook Trail Middle School had taped masks to students’ faces, according to a local media report. The charge originated after photos emerged online showing one female student with a taped-on mask, who has since identified herself as ‘Rylee M.’ Both she and her mother were featured in posts by conservative activist Michelle Malkin, helping the story garner attention on social media.
“Forcing kids to tape masks to their faces is CHILD ABUSE. It’s happening in my backyard in Colorado Springs, according to one family,” Malkin wrote. “I spoke this morning with Stephanie M., mother of Rylee, a 6th grader at Chinook Trail Middle School.”
Stephanie rushed to Chinook Trail Middle School after her daughter texted her that a teacher gave her a warning and handed her blue painter’s tape to seal the mask to her face. Rylee told her that at least one other student was also directed to do the same.
THREAD: Forcing kids to tape masks to their faces is CHILD ABUSE. It’s happening in my backyard in Colorado Springs, according to one family. I spoke this morning with Stephanie M., mother of Rylee, a 6th grader at Chinook Trail Middle School in District 20, pictured here./1 pic.twitter.com/9tVmCBgPEy
In an audio clip circulating online, Rylee said she had been warned that she was not wearing her mask properly prior to the tape incident, and that she was given the option to apply the tape herself, or to simply “learn” to wear her mask as directed. Asked what might happen if a student declined to wear the tape, the girl said she did not know, as nobody had attempted to refuse.
Responding to the charges, a spokeswoman for the school district, Allison Cortez, said that the allegation first surfaced last Friday that “teachers were taping face masks to students’ faces,” and that other community members had since made similar claims.
“The school and Academy District 20 are now conducting an internal investigation. We are interviewing more than 100 students and staff members to better understand this situation,” Cortez said, though added that so far there had been no “concrete findings.”
Speaking with a local Fox affiliate, Rylee’s mother said the tape amounted to a “type of restraint,” raising fears this could have long-term psychological effects on still-developing minds.
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