Mass shooting survivors to be issued face masks

The following is an AP News Alert, reported by the Associated Press.

California is requiring public school districts to enforce a regulation on the use of masks to protect students from the effects of the nation’s deadliest mass shooting in recent years.

The Board of Education unanimously approved the requirement, becoming the first state to take such action following the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

A gunman used a semiautomatic rifle to kill 17 people in the school, which is located about 80 miles north of Miami.

In an emergency response order signed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, district superintendents must ensure that students are offered options “other than wearing a face mask, similar face shield or face covering, or other mask or mask-like items.”

To comply, they must provide the masks, protective clothing or masks and instructional materials to help students make a personal decision to wear a mask.

The move comes after Newsom called for California to respond to the Florida shooting. His order specifies that masks are not an acceptable alternative.

California’s move comes as several states, including Florida, have considered laws to ban school districts from prohibiting students from wearing face masks to protect against the effects of a shooting, according to reports from AP and NJ Advance Media.

The commission formed to respond to the Parkland shooting in Florida had recommended a statewide ban on masks while urging districts to offer students alternative options.

The California directive recommends that masks or face shields should not be used by students, staff or substitute teachers to injure or intimidate other students.

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