3 Unvaccinated Florida Teachers Died, the Media Rushed To Blame Ron DeSantis’ Mask Ban
These last 24 hours were a time of tragedy in Broward County, Florida, where four public school teachers all died from COVID-19. The local CBS affiliate notes that these deaths come at a moment of heightened tension between Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and Broward County’s school board, which has opted to defy the governor’s ban on school mask mandates.
Broward’s decision to keep its mask mandate despite the governor’s orders was implicitly celebrated in the news article as an obvious move given these deaths, with the Broward Teachers Union President Anna Fusco saying she felt “relief.” CNN similarly used the news hook to focus on DeSantis’ mask prohibition. Jen Perelman, a local progressive political activist, tweeted: “I stand with our Broward County school board in defiance of Governor DeSantis. As a local resident with my youngest in HS, school is where our children should be safest. 4 teachers have died from COVID just this week. This is life & death, not a political game. Mask Up.”
A casual consumer of this news might come away with the distinct impression that the teachers caught COVID-19 from their maskless students. But school hasn’t actually started yet in Broward, so the teachers probably did not contract the disease in their classrooms. Indeed, Fusco noted that they were on summer break. Furthermore, at least three of the four teachers were unvaccinated (the status of the fourth is unknown). CBS saved this detail for the very last s
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