SC for Ed calls for day of protest in response to lifting mask mandates in schools

Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 9:38 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Some South Carolina teachers are expressing their anger towards the Governor following his executive order to make masks optional in schools.

Now they plan to make their voices heard by holding a protest in downtown Columbia.

SC for Ed says the protest isn’t just about masks. It’s also about changing the way the state treats teachers.

“The repealing of the mask is the final straw,” Nicole Walker with SC for Ed said. “We are frustrated. Our organizing, this is a way to say enough is enough.”

The South Carolina Education Association says teachers feel undervalued and are ready to take action.

“It’s just frustrating as a teacher that you don’t feel valued,” Sherry East said. “They feel very undervalued as an educator and overwhelmed. They feel nobody cares about our safety right now.”

SCEA says it supports teachers protesting but they want to make sure no one loses their job. The organization is encouraging teachers to contact their administration and take a personal day if they plan on protesting.

The protests will be held on May 17 at the State House, the South Carolina State Department of Education, and the Governor’s Mansion from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

SC for Ed says that those who have not been vaccinated can call their local school board or superintendent to voice their concerns.

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