Conservative writer, author and commentator Matt Walsh spoke at a recent Nashville School Board gathering and issued a scathing rebuke of their child mask policy.
“You in the school board have decided that our kids should go to school all day every day wearing muzzles like rabid dogs,” Walsh began. “I have listened to your arguments and I’ve noticed that they’re missing a few things, namely evidence, data, science, common sense and basic human decency,” he argued. “You presented no facts at all, so let me do that now,” the Daily Wire host added before rattling off a series of statistics about COVID and children.
“COVID poses almost no risk to our kids at all,” Walsh asserted. “4.2 million children have tested positive for COVID, a total of o.oo8% (334) of them have died.”
Walsh went on to point out that 480 kids died of the flu in the 2018-2019 season. “That’s more that have died from COVID in a year and a half. Now, did anyone on this board suggest at any point that year that kids wear masks? Did anyone in this room suggest, at any point, anyone wear masks for flu? Which again, is more dangerous, to kids, than COVID – that’s a fact.”
Walsh then turned directly to the school board and asked them if they knew what it’s called to force kids to wear a mask for a virus that poses almost no risk to them. “It’s called child abuse.”
Walsh likened what’s happening now to Muchausen by proxy, which is a mental health illness that occurs when someone makes up medical illnesses in a person under their care.
In addressing anyone who might think he’s exaggerating, Walsh offered up a hypothetical scenario. “What if a parent forced his kid to wear a football helmet all day everyday, for fear of falling coconuts and meteors?” he argued. “If you saw that, you would say he’s abusive.”
In his wide-ranging comments, Walsh also asked the board if they’ve considered the psychological damage they are doing to children by “teaching them that the air is toxic, that everyone around them is sick.”
“You do it to make yourselves feel better and to protect yourselves politically. The child’s mask is a symbolic security blanket for you, not them. It’s a disgrace and you should all be ashamed. Thank you for your time,” he concluded to a round of cheers.
There is a headline making the rounds today suggesting support for mask mandates among unvaccinated students in school, which is true. The poll, however, only surveys parents with kids between the ages of 12-17 and doesn’t ask about younger students.