“People were not wearing masks and refused to follow the rules – rules that people have been following for the past year and a half,” school board member Sarah Leonardi said of the protesters. “It made it very difficult to hold our meeting behind closed doors.”
Leonardi said the group set masks on fire during their demonstration, calling the protest “very disturbing.”
The protester can be heard saying in the video, “It’s time to dismiss this symbol of tyranny, this symbol of child abuse – we will not stand for it anymore.”
Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis met privately with an expert panel on Monday, which effectively reinforced its anti-masking position in schools, warning that if the federal government and school districts push for masks in classrooms, a special session of the law is not out of the question.
“Parents know what’s best for their children; therefore, parents in Florida have the power to make their own choices regarding masking,” DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pushaw said Tuesday.
Barbara Rodas, who was at the Broward County protest, told WFOR she does not want her 6-year-old daughter to wear a mask to school.
“I’m here to speak for her and for her schoolmates,” she told the local station.
The mask claim workshop has been postponed until July 28, Leonardi said, noting that there will be new security.
CNN’s Giovanna Van Leeuwen, Rosa Flores, Kacey Cherry, John Couwels and Tina Burnside contributed to this report.