TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - This week the Kyrene Unified School District started requiring face coverings indoors at all of its schools for students and staff. But not everyone is on board with that decision.

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Parents against the mandate took to the school district Friday afternoon in Tempe to protest. Their message, honk in support of Mask Choice, which they say is a term less focused on health rather their constitutional right. "It’s freedom, it’s choice. I'm not by any way an anti-maskers.” said parent Tony Gordon.

“My kids they don’t really put them on that much. They drop them on the ground. They don’t’ wear them correctly,” said parent Tyler Tew. He has two children within the district said the protest is about the parent’s right to make medical decision for their children.

"I may be arrogant or ignorant actually to say, but I am not scared of my kids but the chances of them getting seriously ill or death are so minute,” said Tew. He helped organize the protest said this was the only option remaining to get the district’s attention. 

But according to the Kyrene Unified School district spokesperson, Erin Helm, the district has always had an open line of communication with parents. “The superintendent and governing board, have engaged with hundreds of Kyrene families regarding masks via email, through public comment at board meetings, and on our official social media channels,” said Helm.

“Bottom line, if you truly believe a mask works, and your child is wearing a mask, then you’re protected,” said Gordon. The state's ban on face mask mandates does not go into effect until September 29.


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