Teachers at a top Manhattan high school pressured college students to keep masked on Monday — all with the blessing of their principal, The Post has realized.
Beacon High School principal Brady Smith apparently sought to undermine the mayor’s ending of the school mask mandate by telling dad and mom that teachers might ask their college students to put on masks.
“While teachers cannot mandate a mask in their classroom, they may request that students wear one as many of us have vulnerable loved ones at home,” Smith wrote in a letter obtained by The Post.
Many mentioned they have been repeatedly requested to hold their masks on by teachers Monday — even after Mayor Eric Adams made the coverings optionally available for kindergarten by twelfth graders.
Students mentioned that the principal’s place had a direct impression.
A freshman advised The Post that he had giddily shed his mask — till he was pressured into conserving it on by an teacher.
“My English teacher said ‘It’s preferred in my class to keep wearing the mask’ so I put it back on,” he mentioned. “You know what that means.”
A Beacon senior mentioned he resented receiving an analogous advisory.
“My history teacher asked us to please keep wearing our masks,” mentioned Kaan Bayram, 17. “I don’t think it’s right, the social pressure he was creating. It’s social pressure!”
Another male senior who requested not to be recognized mentioned his trainer additionally discouraged taking off masks.
“One of my teachers asked us to keep wearing them last night,” he mentioned. “It was his message to all of us on Google Classroom. They use it to post assignments, class assignments. He said his family members had co-morbidity and some other teachers had new babies and they want us to keep wearing masks.”
A Beacon dad or mum mentioned teachers mustn’t affect college students on the matter a technique or one other.
“Look, it’s either up to the kid and their parents or it isn’t,” the mother advised the Post. “Do we have any say over anything anymore? Can the kids request that their teachers take their masks off so they can hear them again? I’m guessing not.”
Parent and congressional candidate Maud Maron characterised the principal’s lodging as a tacit endorsement of “emotional blackmail.”
“It’s outrageous and illegal and inappropriate,” she mentioned Monday. “Guilting children into wearing masks based on unscientific assertions on a day that should be joyous is cruel and unkind.”
Other Beacon college students mentioned they have been extra snug carrying masks and that the overwhelming majority of their classmates stored them on.
“We’ve been wearing them for two and a half years, it feels weird not to wear them,” a feminine senior mentioned. “I’m going to wait and see if there’s a jump in cases.”
The Beacon principal advised dad and mom to remind their kids to respect particular person masking selections.
“Many students also will choose to wear masks for their personal reasons as well,” he wrote. “My sincere hope is that we can all, youth and adult, respect each other’s choices, honor requests and move forward through this stage as a caring and compassionate school community.”
Department of Eduction spokesperson Nathaniel Styer echoed that theme when requested about Smith’s advisory.
“The decision to wear or not wear a face covering is now entirely up to students, parents and staff; those decisions should be respected and those criticizing others for their decisions should be counseled to respect the choices of others,” he mentioned.