A school nurse in New Jersey said she has been suspended after refusing to wear her mask at work and suggesting that requiring children to wear masks all the time is doing more harm than good.
Erin Pein, who has been working at Stafford Township School District for the past three years, said in a YouTube video that the mask mandate is taking a toll on children’s mental and physical health during the pandemic.
“We see the kids who are having anxiety and having depression in kindergarten, in first, second grade,” Pein said, explaining that kids at that age don’t normally experience those problems. She said there was a girl in first grade who came to her and said she felt “something really bad was going to happen,” and that the “mask made her feel scared.”
“When she thinks about it, her stomach starts to hurt and she throws up,” Pein recalled. “She was sent to me because she threw up in class, and she told me, ‘I’m not sick,’ she said, ‘I’m just really nervous.’ To hear that from a first-grader is just heartbreaking.” . . .
“I didn’t think that voicing my concerns was going to make a difference, so I decided that I was going to do my own form of protest. … I let them know that I was no longer going to be wearing a mask at work,” Pein said, adding that she was suspended and “escorted out of the building” on the Monday she went to work without a mask. (Read more from “WATCH: Nurse Suspended After Saying Masks Are Harmful to Students” HERE)
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