#Children's Rights
Cobb County School District
United States of America

Masks are ineffective and in many ways they harm. Recent findings raise significant concerns, both medically and legally, of the current mask policy in place by Cobb County School District.
Masks are ineffective for the purpose claimed by the board mandate/guidance. They are potentially harmful both physically and psychologically, and only authorized for use by EUA (Emergency Use Authorization).

The students and staff of Cobb County School District have been mandated to wear face masks while on school properties for the duration of school hours since the beginning of the school year 2020-2021. We are 100% against this mandate/requirement due to its risk of harm to healthy individuals.

It is a myth that masks prevent viruses from spreading. The overall evidence is clear: Standard cloth and surgical masks offer next to no protection against virus-sized particles or small aerosols. The size of a virus particle is much too small to be stopped by a surgical mask, cloth, or bandana. A single virion of SARS-CoV-2 is about 60-140 nanometers or 0.1 microns. The pore size in a surgical mask is 200-1000x that size. The CDC website states, “surgical masks do not catch all harmful particles in smoke.” And that the size of smoke particles in a wildfire is ~0.5 microns which is 5x the size of the SARS-CoV-2 virus! Wearing a mask to prevent catching SARS-CoV-2, or similarly, sized influenza is like throwing sand at a chain-link fence: IT DOES NOT WORK.

There has been one large randomized controlled trial that specifically examined whether masks protect their wearers from the coronavirus. This study found mask-wearing “did not reduce, at conventional levels of statistical significance, the incidence of Sars-Cov-2-infection.” So WHY the children and teachers are forced to wear masks at school?

Additionally, there have been hundreds of mask studies related to influenza transmission done over several decades. It is a well-established fact that masks do not stop viruses. “Part of that evidence shows that cloth facemasks actually increase influenza-linked illness.” Bacteria are 50x larger than virus particles. As such, virus particles can enter through the mask pores, yet bacteria remain trapped inside of the mask, resulting in the mask-wearer continually exposed to the bacteria. So, we ask again- WHY the children and teachers are forced to wear masks at school?

The Cobb County School District and its board members, mandating the use of facemasks are not only willfully ignoring established science but are engaging in what amounts to a whole school clinical experimental trial. This conclusion is reached by the fact that facemask use and COVID-19 incidence are being reported in scientific opinion pieces promoted by the CDC and others. The fact is, after reviewing ALL the studies worldwide, the CDC found “no reduction in viral transmission with the use of face masks.”

At what cost the Cobb County School District and its board members are requiring children to wear an investigational face-covering with emerging safety issues? This is difficult to justify. Anthony Fauci was very clear that asymptomatic transmission was not a threat. He stated, “in all the history of respiratory-borne viruses of any type, asymptomatic transmission has never been the driver of outbreaks. The driver of outbreaks is always the symptomatic person.”

Furthermore, the mandatory mouth mask in schools is a major threat to a child’s development. It ignores the essential needs of a growing child. The well-being of children and young people is highly dependent on the emotional connection with others. Masks create a threatening and unsafe environment, where the emotional connection becomes difficult.

Our concerns shall not be ignored! Each voice is extremely important to take a stand for the well-being of our children and against these unlawful actions. Stand up for your children - Sign the petition and let your voice be heard.

We, the undersigned, call on Cobb County School District and its board members to make masks optional, without questions to the wearer on all school premises. We understand that there are passionate beliefs on both sides of this important matter, but solid scientific evidence is not provided to affirm that masks prevent viral transmission, nor is there enough public awareness of the potential harms that masks cause to healthy individuals and most importantly - the children. Although our wishes are for NO masks to be worn due to the negative health risks, we believe making them "optional" would be the first step in the right direction as the public becomes aware of the real science and all mask mandates/requirements are removed completely.

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The Unmask our children- Cobb County School District petition to Cobb County School District was written by Katya Kelivanov and is in the category Children's Rights at GoPetition.