Source: News & Observer

A News & Observer editorial rips Republican leaders for their “reckless” stunt on school reopening. 

“In a news conference Wednesday, Republicans irresponsibly demanded that Gov. Roy Cooper give all public school parents a choice to send their children to full-time in-person classes, a move that essentially would result in all N.C. schools being forced to reopen their doors regardless of the level of COVID-19 spread in their communities,” the Editorial Board writes.

Taking it further, they write, Lt. Governor Dan Forest again repeated his false assertion that science does not support masks.

“Not satisfied at being merely unreasonable, Forest also declared that students and teachers shouldn’t be required to wear masks at school. ‘I don’t think that there’s any science that backs that up.’”

Forest’s unfounded remarks came on the heels of the CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield telling members of Congress that, “I might even go so far as to say that this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine.”

Ultimately, the Editorial Board writes, it comes down to politics at the expense of North Carolina students.

“It’s irresponsible politics that creates unrealistic expectations, and it doesn’t help the important discussion that needs to happen about how to realistically, and smartly, do what’s best for our children.”

Read the full editorial from the News & Observer.