Pupil back to school with mask, ending two-week absence over face mask row

NEWS 20.09.2021 17:13
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Source: Zeljko Hladika/PIXSELL

An eighth-grader from the Krapinske Toplice elementary school came to school wearing a protective mask on Monday morning, thus ending his two-week absence caused by his parents' decision to defy the face mask rule.

“The boy resumed attending classes, and e entered the school building, wearing a protective mask, while being in the hall,” the school’s headmaster, Samson Stibohar, told Hina.

At the beginning of the new school year, the father of this eighth-grader had claimed that his child could not wear the protective mask. The rule applies only in common areas of the school building in this northern Croatian town.

The father and several people who supported him held a protest rally on 10 September outside the school and later raided the school building. The police responded to the unruly rally and filed reports against some of the demonstrators.

After that, the headmaster and local employees of the social welfare centre held talks with the parents, and the headmaster said today that the only thing that was important was that that the student was back in school.

“We achieved an agreement that it is essential for the student to resume his classes as usual,” Stibohar said.

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