State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, today issued the following statement in opposition to Allegan County’s recently implemented mask mandate for students and teachers in all K-6 classrooms, regardless of vaccination status:
“Parents across our communities have contacted me to voice their concerns about the county unilaterally mandating their children to wear masks when they return to school and I share in their concerns.
“The decision to wear masks should be left to parents and guardians who know what is best for their own unique children and have the right to make such decisions on their behalf.
“Families have endured so much over the past year and a half, and more unilateral mandates are a step in the wrong direction. It’s time to fully restore parents’ rights to make decisions about their children’s health.”
Federal agents recently brought down Quiyemabi Summerlin, a major sex offender and sex trafficker in Detroit who forced dozens of women to engage in commercial sex acts. The stories of these victims are heartbreaking. The sad reality is that across our state, from small towns to big cities, there are countless victims suffering through the coercion and abuse within this heinous industry.
State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, announced the state budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 that received final approval from the Legislature on Wednesday includes measures to protect personal freedoms related to vaccination and limit overreach from local health officers.