BESE Meeting Adjourned After Audience Refuses to Wear Masks- Video Attached

On Wednesday morning, the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education met to discuss multiple items including a discussion on whether school systems could make their own decision pertaining to the masking of students.

Outbursts from the crowd were frequent as board members reminded the audience that the meeting would only continue if it could be done in an orderly manner and only if the audience complied with the governor’s mask mandate.  Each reminder was met with yells from the audience.

Audience members yelled for the board members to remove their masks so the audience could understand them.  The board reminded the audience that they were required to follow the governor’s mandate.  One member of the audience argued that the board was not wearing proper mask but thin pieces of cloth.

After it was clear that the audience was not going to comply with their requests to wear masks during the meeting, the board made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Some audience members yelled in opposition to the motion.  The board took a roll call vote to adjourn the meeting.  The vote was 8 for and 2 against, and the motion to adjourn passed.   

As the board members stood to leave and the video began to fade out, one audience member repeatedly yelled, “You work for us!”

The last five minutes of the video show the dialogue which led up to the abrupt adjournment.


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