State Rep. Mike Loychik (R-Bazetta) has issued the following statement on the Lakeview School District board meeting regarding the issue of masks:
“I attended a Lakeview School District board meeting yesterday evening to be a voice for my constituents echoing their opinions that masks should be optional in our schools.
“The very best mask for our children is a healthy immune system and who knows their child’s health concerns and needs the best - the parents do. The mask mandate was created behind closed doors by the board members, which clearly lacked transparency and blatantly ignored the voices of parents across Trumbull County.
“Sadly, as I attended the school board meeting to address the outpouring of concerns, the superintendent and school board members treated me disrespectfully and had me removed by a school resource officer – leaving the voices of hundreds of people that I represent silenced.
“I want it to be very clear that I am not against those who choose to have their child go to school with a mask. However, the option to not wear one should exist as that is the sentiment of the majority of the people of this school district. This is exactly why I have introduced legislation under House Bill 400 to prohibit public schools that use taxpayer dollars from requiring children to wear masks.
“As a leader in my community, I will stand up for my constituents’ rights, health, and well-being. I was elected to represent the people of the 63rd District and that will always be my first priority.”