Kaitlyn Rombach, a senior at Grantsburg high school, along with a few other students, are tired of their voices not being heard when it comes to the mask mandate.
“We the students, are tired of not being heard or asked what we think. We don’t think the government should have the power to tell us what we should wear or how we should live, so we are going to do something about it,” she told the board members during their meeting Monday evening.
“We also think that it isn’t fair for adults to make all the decisions for this when we, the kids and teens in the United States, have not been asked what we think, and we are the most affected by what is going on.”
Rombach has written up a letter with her concerns, and to explain what she has been doing, that she will be sending to State Assembly Gae Magnafici, State Senator Rob Stafsholt, and U.S. Representative Tom Tiffany. She has also put together a group of students to sit in the commons during advisory on Friday and they will not be wearing their masks or social distance as a protest against masks. Because the mask mandate was revoked last week and the governor put in place another one, she thought now was the best time for this protest.
“This will be a respectful and peaceful protest and we are not protesting the school or the teachers, this is to protest that our voices be heard and for what we believe in,” Rombach said.
“The research we have done has backed up our claims on masks and their effects on people mentally and physically. We have put this together in a Google Document which is full of research that we have done, and we will be giving this out to teachers that ask us what we are doing on Friday.”
She told the school board that she did talk to Mr. Haase (school principal) about the protest already, and she also wanted to tell the board that it was going to happen out of respect.
“I wanted to bring this to you guys because I wanted to do it out of respect so that you knew what was going on and it wasn’t just an out of the blue kind of thing.”
School board member Jason Burkman told Rombach, “I think it’s good that you’re standing up for your beliefs and that you can do it respectfully, it seems a rarity these days. I don’t know what the proper way of doing what you’re trying to accomplish is, but I hope you find it.”
Brian Handy, the newest board member said, “I also believe you’re making the right steps by contacting your congressmen, your assemblymen.”