Masking Students

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by William Mahoney, Ph.D.  •  •  August 28, 2021   

'Rules for me, not for thee'

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A battle is brewing at a Catholic school in Pennsylvania, with a mask mandate at the center. The situation has some parents particularly disheartened because they report the school offers an excellent Catholic education. Church Militant's William Mahoney spoke with some piqued family members.

Parents at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School (or SKD) in Holland, Pennsylvania — northeast of Philadelphia — were informed of a mask mandate, and then saw a social media post on Wednesday showing faculty without masks. One concerned parent sent a group email to other parents, showing the post on the school's Facebook page and requesting feedback, trying to figure out a course of action with other parents.

But when the principal, Ms. Laura Clark, learned of the email, she fired back with a strongly worded letter many viewed as threatening. Clark took issue with the email list used, warning, "The use and dissemination of private emails could lead to legal consequences."

After listing six bullet points referencing unacceptable uses of technology at SKD, Clark turned to possible legal action again: "Conduct by students and parent/guardians, or anyone acting on their behalf, incompatible with the educational and religious mission of the school is grounds for disciplinary action including, but not limited to, dismissal and/or legal action by the school, civil authorities or other involved parties."

One family member told Church Militant Clark's words are tantamount to saying, "Do what I say, or I'll expel your kid," adding her triggered response could be grounds for dismissal.

Church Militant reached out to Ms. Clark for comment but received no response as of this recording. Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic School educates children from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

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