Huntington Beach Mayor Protemtit Ortiz’s two sons returned home from a junior high school in the Oceanview School District on Tuesday morning, May 18, after arriving without a mask.
Ortiz’s girlfriend Amber Miller posted a video on Instagram of boys walking on campus with their faces. They had documents claiming an exemption from the obligation of masks based on religious freedom.
Miller then reposted that the school principal called after 30 minutes and asked him to pick up the children.
“I don’t allow this tyranny anymore,” she said in the video. “Your child’s mental health is much more important than following these guidelines.”
“There is no such thing as a religious exemption,” Patricia Singer, chairman of the Huntington Beach District Board of Directors, said in an interview.
“The California Public Health Service specifically states that there are no religious exceptions to the mask protocol,” Singer said. “No matter who you are, you must wear a mask on the school grounds. If for some reason your child cannot wear a mask, for personal or for some reason we have a virtual academy. Offers.”
Ortiz is a voice critic about not only vaccines, but also mask wearing regulations.
The previous Monday, he spoke at a mask prevention rally outside the Orange County Board of Education in Costa Mesa.
In his speech, Ortiz said his sons, “Dad, I have a breathing problem. I have a headache and I’m swaying.”
“Son, take off the mask during class whenever possible,” Ortiz told the crowd.
Ortiz did not return a request for comment.
Oceanview School District councilor Gina Clayton Turbine said Ortiz’s position as a mixed martial arts star and councilor “does not mean that the rules do not apply to him.”
“99.9% of Ocean View parents are doing the right thing,” said Clayton-Tarvin.
“Their kids are ready to come to school wearing masks and learn directly,” she said. “Unfortunately, Ortiz decided that he didn’t have to follow the rules.”
Clayton-Tarvin announced last month that he would run for a seat in the Huntington Beach City Council in 2022. Ortiz was elected in 2020 for a four-year term.
“I have a son in the Oceanview School District,” said Clayton-Tarvin. “All Ocean View parents want their children to be safe.”
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