Calling it ‘COVID theater’ DeSantis asks students to remove masks at school event

Irked by the sight of scholars carrying masks at his press convention Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis inspired them to take away the facial coverings, calling their use “COVID theater.”

“You do not need to put on these masks,” DeSantis stated in video captured by WFLA Information Channel 8, Tampa’s NBC station. “Please take them off. Truthfully, it is not doing something. We have gotta cease with this Covid theater. So for those who wanna put on it, fantastic, however that is ridiculous.”

DeSantis then shakes his head in obvious frustration earlier than launching into the press convention on the College of South Florida, which he visited to tout $20 million in funding for cybersecurity coaching. No less than two individuals eliminated their masks on the governor’s request, based on the video.

The governor has outlawed masks mandates in Florida colleges. His remarks to the scholars is proof of his disdain for even voluntary mask-wearing, and mistrust of the science behind it.

The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention launched new masks steering final week that not recommends indoor masks carrying for most individuals in lots of elements of the nation – locations the place the “COVID-19 group degree” is taken into account low or medium.

The CDC nonetheless considers a lot of Florida – together with the Tampa space the place DeSantis was visiting Wednesday – to have a excessive COVID-19 group degree, although, and recommends everybody put on masks indoors in these areas when in public areas.

DeSantis continues accountable Biden for Russian invasion of Ukraine

DeSantis additionally continued accountable President Joe Biden for the Russian invasion of Ukraine in the course of the press occasion, whereas praising the nation’s fighters Wednesday and taking a dig at France.

DeSantis stated Russian President Vladimir Putin possible determined to invade Ukraine after witnessing how the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan performed out.

“I imagine that the choice to enter Ukraine was one which was most likely made final summer season as he is watching what was occurring in Afghanistan… how Biden dealt with that,” DeSantis stated throughout an occasion in Tampa.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis uses Russian invasion of Ukraine as opportunity to attack President Biden.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis makes use of Russian invasion of Ukraine as alternative to assault President Biden.

DeSantis has echoed Ukraine speaking factors adopted by many GOP leaders, blaming Biden for the invasion and calling for extra vitality manufacturing in america to restrict the leverage Putin has due to the world’s reliance on Russian oil and gasoline. The governor additionally touched on the Ukrainian resistance Wednesday.

“Whenever you see individuals which can be prepared to combat, I imply it’s inspiring to see these individuals simply seize rifles who’re civilians and going on the market and preventing to chase away the Russian Military,” DeSantis stated. “A variety of different locations world wide, they only fold the minute there’s any sort of adversity. I imply may you think about in the event that they went into France, would they do something to place up a combat? Most likely not.”

DeSantis criticized ‘authoritarian rule’ in locations which have extra restrictive COVID public well being measures

Final week, on the day Russia launched the invasion of Ukraine, DeSantis criticized “authoritarian rule” in locations comparable to Canada and Australia which have extra restrictive COVID-19 public well being measures.

DeSantis additionally supplied his rebuttal to the State of the Union speech Biden delivered Tuesday.

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Biden stated that preventing inflation is a “prime precedence” and tried to steer his celebration from unpopular positions on immigration and police, saying he needs to “fund the police” and safe the southern border.

DeSantis stated Biden’s insurance policies contributed to inflation and immigration points, and accused his administration of being smooth on crime.

“So many of those issues have been created by Biden and his administration since he’s turn into president,” DeSantis stated.

Comply with Herald-Tribune Political Editor Zac Anderson on Twitter at @zacjanderson. He will be reached at zac.anderson@heraldtribune.com

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Jimtown High School teacher captured on video striking a student asks for early retirement

ELKHART — A Jimtown Excessive College trainer has requested early retirement, Baugo college officers say, after he was captured on video putting a pupil with sufficient drive to trigger seen accidents.

Baugo officers mentioned in a press launch Friday that the trainer, Mike Hosinski, is now not with Baugo Group Colleges and isn’t allowed on college grounds.

The incident, which occurred Friday morning, has been referred to the Indiana Division of Baby Companies and the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Division, college officers mentioned Friday.

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“Any motion that threatens to hurt any pupil will probably be shortly, instantly, and severely addressed,” states a press launch from Baugo colleges. “All Jimmies should have the ability to study in a secure surroundings.”

Baugo Group Colleges’ legal professional launched video of the Friday encounter upon a request from The Tribune.

Within the 44-second video, a pupil with a hood pulled up is seen coming into the hallway with an grownup following shortly behind.

The grownup jogs to meet up with the coed, rounds a nook and is then seen utilizing the coed’s backpack to drive him into the wall.

The grownup wags his finger within the video, which doesn’t embody any sound. The grownup then hits the coed with such drive the boy’s head snaps again into the wall behind him.

The boy falls to the bottom after the grownup locations each of his palms on the coed’s shoulders in an try to direct him down the hallway.

A number of witnesses seem towards the tip of the trade, together with a girl who checks on the boy as he lies on the ground.

Baugo officers mentioned the incident occurred after the trainer confronted the coed a couple of hoodie he wore to class. The district’s assertion says a verbal trade occurred within the hallway and “inexplicably, the trainer struck the coed within the face with an open-handed slap.”

College officers say the coed, who has not been recognized publicly, suffered seen accidents and medial workers instantly offered therapy.

“The protection of scholars attending Baugo Group Colleges is our highest precedence and best accountability,” Baugo’s Friday press launch reads. “When anybody, together with a trainer, undermines that precedence and accountability, swift motion should and will probably be taken to safeguard Jimtown college students. Something much less can’t be tolerated.”

Along with contacting the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Division and Division of Baby Companies, college officers say they reached out to licensing officers with the Indiana Division of Schooling.

A DCS spokeswoman mentioned in an electronic mail Monday that Indiana confidentiality legal guidelines prohibit the division from commenting on DCS involvement.

The Tribune has left a message with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Division. A spokeswoman for the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s workplace mentioned Monday morning no fees have been filed right now.

Baugo college officers say they are going to totally cooperate with all investigations and can supply help providers to the coed concerned.

A letter to Baugo households Sunday clarified Hosinski’s standing with the college after district officers say incorrect info had been shared by native shops and on social media.

Hosinski was not fired by Baugo colleges, district officers say, however relatively requested an early retirement.

Hosinski, a trainer for 40 years, requested in January to retire on the finish of this college yr, however submitted one other request to go away instantly following Friday morning’s incident, based on the district.

The Baugo college board is anticipated to vote Monday night on the trainer’s accelerated retirement request.

“Customary process prohibits any Baugo Group College worker from being on college grounds whereas an investigation into doable felony or civil misconduct is going on,” Baugo Superintendent Byron Sanders wrote within the letter Sunday. “The investigations into Mr. Hosinski’s actions stay ongoing. Consequently, till these investigations conclude, he’s prohibited from being on college premises.”

The Tribune couldn’t instantly attain Hosinski for remark. The Tribune has left messages for the district’s superintendent.

Controversy over political beliefs

This isn’t the primary time Hosinski’s conduct as a trainer has been known as into query.

In 2019, the Northern Indiana Atheists introduced its intention to file a criticism with the Freedom from Faith Basis over issues the trainer promoted private political beliefs in his classroom.

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Photographs obtained by the group confirmed posters and stickers in a classroom with messages like “Proud to be a conservative,” “Select life, your mother did,” and “Liberalism is a psychological dysfunction.”

A mother or father additionally advised Northern Indiana Atheists, Hosinski advised college students in his class “Hillary and Obama are criminals, President Donald Trump is nice, and Democrats are liars.”

Some on social media are defending the longtime trainer. Posts on Fb detailed plans of a pupil walkout Monday morning, and a Change.org petition entitled “Save Mr. Mike Hosinski Tenure and Retirement” had collected greater than 1,200 signatures by midday Monday.

Hosinski was named JHS Trainer of the 12 months in 2020, based on a Jimtown Excessive College social media post.

Baugo’s college board is anticipated to satisfy at 7 p.m. Monday in on the district’s Academic Service Heart.

E-mail South Bend Tribune training reporter Carley Lanich at clanich@gannett.com. Observe her on Twitter: @carleylanich.

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