EPISD suspends mask mandate, heated discussion leads to removal of student from meeting

El Paso News

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – A high school senior was removed by security from an El Paso Independent School District meeting as the school board was set to discuss the district’s mask mandate on Monday.

School board trustees voted to end the mask mandate during a special session at the district’s headquarters. Trustees voted 5-2 to suspend the mandate. Josh Acevedo and Leah Hanany.

Reporter Stephanie Shields captured the moment four security personnel appeared to handcuff and remove the student from the meeting at the school district’s facility in Downtown. The school district mandated face coverings inside district properties in mid-August as other districts and local governments in Texas defied an executive order by Governor Greg Abbott that banned them.

Last week, the Texas 8th Court of Appeals in El Paso temporary lifted a mask mandate imposed by the El Paso health authority Hector Ocaranza. The decision calls into question if districts can mandate masks.

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