‘Masks Hurt Kids’: GOP Mayor Glenn Jacobs Slams School Mask Mandates, Personally Backs Anti-Mandate Lawsuit 

On Monday, Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs and Republican state representative Jason Zachary announced they are personally donating $5,000 each to fund a lawsuit filed against the county’s board of education. The purpose of the lawsuit is to end a court-enforced mask mandate in Knox County Schools.

“Knoxville County schools have been under a universal mask mandate for five months as the result of a federal preliminary injunction that overturned the will of our locally elected school board,” Jacobs said in a video he shared on social media. “Now, a group of Knox County parents are filing their own lawsuit in federal court to overturn this order, and they have retained one of the top firms in the country who has argued these COVID cases around the country.”

Jacobs was referring to attorney Harmeet K. Dhillon.

The mayor and World Wrestling Entertainment legend “Kane” emphasized how mandating masks harms children.

“Masks hurt kids,” Jacobs insisted. “They hurt their speech development. They hurt their intellectual development, and they hurt their social and emotional development.”

“And it’s time for it to stop,” Jacobs declared.

“Of course, suing the school board is not our first choice, but it’s the only way to get the case heard at this point,” the mayor told local news outlet WATE.

“Jacobs and Zachary say they are not plaintiffs in this suit,” WATE reported. “They are helping to financially support the case with private money, meaning that no taxpayer funds are involved.”

WATE noted, “Masks have been required in Knox County Schools since September 28, 2021, when Judge Ronnie Greer said the school system must enforce the same mandate that was in place during the 2020-2021 school year. The ruling is a part of an ongoing lawsuit against Gov. Bill Lee and Knox County filed by the parents of three Knox County Schools students claiming their children are ‘unable to safely attend school without increased risks of serious injury or even death, unlike their nondisabled peers.’”

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Jack Hunter is a freelance writer, the co-author of Sen. Rand Paul’s 2011 book ‘The Tea Party Goes to Washington’ and the former politics editor for Rare.us.