During a speech at the University of South Florida Governor Ron DeSantis turned to students who were stood directly behind him and asked them to take off their face masks, calling it ‘ridiculous theater’.
DeSantis approached the lectern to announce funding for cybersecurity education, but took umbrage with the masked students that had been positioned there for the cameras.
“You do not have to wear those masks,” DeSantis said.
“I mean, please take them off. Honestly, it’s not doing anything and we’ve gotta stop with this Covid theater,” the Governor urged.
“If you want to wear it, fine, but this is ridiculous,” he asserted.
NEW: @GovRonDeSantis annoyed with USF students—— Evan Donovan (@EvanDonovan) March 2, 2022
"You do not have to wear those masks. Please take them off. Honestly, it's not doing anything. We've gotta stop with this Covid theater. So if you wanna wear it, fine, but this is ridiculous."https://t.co/7j1Pb2hV53 @WFLA pic.twitter.com/ZIOyTHLOh3
In a twist to the story, one student who apparently gleefully removed the mask was later scolded by his mother, who also slammed DeSantis for telling the students to take off the masks.
She did all of this while not bothering to wear a mask herself:
This kid’s face says it all pic.twitter.com/lPSL1rlhgm— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) March 2, 2022
She is going maskless in the interview while her son wears a mask as she claims taking off your mask puts others at risk. https://t.co/wCN7LaBwbG— Greg Price (@greg_price11) March 3, 2022
Face masks have been optional at schools and colleges in Florida since last July, however some local districts are still enforcing mask mandates.
At the time, Governor DeSantis said, “The federal government has no right to tell parents that in order for their kids to attend school in person, they must be forced to wear a mask all day, every day.”
He added, “Many Florida schoolchildren have suffered under forced masking policies, and it is prudent to protect the ability of parents to make decisions regarding the wearing of masks by their children.”
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