Watch video of Shawnee Mission reunion banned from YouTube
The Shawnee Mission School District posted a video of a school board meeting that was banned on YouTube because Kansas residents and a lawmaker spread false information about COVID-19 and the effectiveness of the masks.
YouTube removed a video from the May 17 school board meeting for violating its community standards related to the spread of disinformation. During the public comment portion of the meeting, some speakers pleaded with the district to end its mask tenure, while spreading false information.
The district has now removed this section of the meeting from the video and reposted it on YouTube.
“We have a clear community regulation to prevent the spread of Misinformed medical information about COVID-19”Said Elena Hernandez, head of political communications for YouTube, in an email to The Star. “We have removed the video in accordance with these policies to include allegations that masks are ineffective in preventing COVID-19 and that wearing a mask is dangerous.”
While the public comment portion of the video is no longer on YouTube, Shawnee Mission officials have provided it to The Star.
About 8 minutes into the video’s start, Merriam resident Scott Bozarth questions the district mask and social distancing policies, asking officials if they have researched “the harm done to children by children. masks ”.
Experts have refuted false claims face masks can cause bacterial pneumonia, cancer or are otherwise harmful. And studies have shown that mask warrants have been effective to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to recommend the use of masks and physical distancing in schools. Shawnee Mission officials have said they will continue to impose masks at least until the end of the school year, which is Thursday.
At one point, Bozarth holds up a bandana and gas mask, asking why a bandana would be acceptable in school but the gas mask not.
About 12 minutes into the video, Kansas State Senator Mike Thompson, a Shawnee Republican, tells council he is speaking “on behalf of many parents” who are upset by the district’s mask mandate. .
Throughout the legislative session, Thompson pushed for an end to public health rules passed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and he continues to claim masks are ineffective.
“Think of it this way,” he told the school board. “I am about six feet tall. Saying that this mask will block the virus is like saying I can’t get through a door 6,000 feet high and 2,000 feet wide. That I’m going to bang myself against walls and that will prevent me from going through that door. This is how tiny the virus is. “
CDC studies have shown that multilayer masks effectively block particles that may contain the virus. And the experts dispelled theories that tiny virus particles can get into N95 filters.
After Thompson speaks, four mothers oppose the mask’s mandate, with some mistakenly claiming that masks are harmful and can deprive children of oxygen. Medical experts have refuted these claims.
And Dave Trabert, CEO of the Kansas Policy Institute, tells the board he believes public school districts have mismanaged COVID-19 and failed to prioritize student achievement.
Misinformation about the coronavirus and mask wearing has been rife at state, county, city and school board meetings throughout the past year. But last week was the first time the Shawnee Mission School District learned that one of its videos had been deleted from YouTube.
“Our policies are content-based, which means we enforce our policies regardless of speaker or channel,” Hernandez said of YouTube’s decision to ban the video.
YouTube provides a long list of false claims related to COVID-19 that it will remove. They include denied claims that masks do not help prevent transmission of the virus and that wearing a mask is dangerous.
For a first violation, the user will receive a warning without penalty. After that, YouTube will launch a warning against the user’s channel. If a user receives three warnings, the channel will be interrupted.
District spokesman David Smith said officials were determining how to continue to make public meetings accessible online during the pandemic without limiting public comment. The neighborhood only posts its videos on YouTube, where they are streamed live.