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Guest Opinion: Mask rules aren't making students suicidal

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The article “Meeting recessed after heated mask comments” (Aug. 19) upset me on so many levels.

The opponent to mask mandates and vaccination requirements said the teen suicide levels in 2020 would be higher due to mask requirements, online learning, and other pandemic school changes.

I would argue that directly relating suicidal thoughts and ideations to mask requirements is grossly inappropriate. We know that this last year has been challenging for many, students especially, and many factors may have contributed to increasing feelings of isolation and loneliness — though the requirement to wear a mask is not one of them.

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