Gov. McMaster says school mask mandates are ‘ridiculous’

State News

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WBTW) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said parents should make decisions about whether their children wear masks in schools.

“It is ridiculous for school districts to tell parents whether or not their child should wear a mask in the classroom, that is up to the parent,” a tweet from McMaster’s Twitter account reads. “Every teacher has had the opportunity to get vaccinated and are safe from the virus. It’s time to unmask our children.”

In a 50-second video, McMaster said it is “a high ridiculosity” for the government to require masks in schools, and that schools were extremely safe during the height of the pandemic.

The governor went on to tweet:

“The whole point of getting the vaccine was to get back to normal. We now have three vaccines available and any South Carolinian can get one. Local cities and counties need to drop any remaining restrictions they have in place. It’s time to wrap this up or I will do it for them!”

We will continue to follow this story.

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