On Friday, Sept. 10, approximately 150 people protested the Genesee County Health Department’s mask mandate for students in pre-K through grade 12 by standing across from the Fenton Area Public Schools complex off Owen Road.
Parents held signs and cheered as students left school to join the protest. Many motorists honked as they passed by.
“I think the masks should be the parents’ choice and the students’ choice, not the school or the government,” said Michelle Burmeister, whose two children attend Fenton Middle School and Fenton High School. She said they were excited to get back to school this year. “Neither one of them like the masks,” she said. “Neither one of them feel like they need them. The government should keep their hands off our kids. It should be parents’ choice. This is a very survivable virus and there’s no reason for all this to be happening. The kids just want to learn.”
Approximately 20 students walked out of school as of 10:30 a.m.
A three-vehicle crash occurred in the area around 10:40 a.m. Fenton police and STAT EMS were on scene. At least one person was taken to a hospital.