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I thought it was an anti-mask protest. I was wrong.

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17.09.2021

Julie Cohen is a writer and high school English teacher in St. Louis.

Moments after I merged onto Interstate 70 northwest of St. Louis, heavy traffic began.

It’s 1 p.m. on a Wednesday, I thought, immediately annoyed. How can this be?

I assumed there had been an accident and the backup was from all the rubbernecking. Usually I avoid I-70 for just such reasons, but my son was home sick with a cough, and I had an errand to run in St. Charles, a city adjacent to St. Louis. Then, as the traffic crept along, my 4-year-old son in a car seat behind me, I noticed that there were several cars scattered along the shoulder of the road, with their drivers standing beside them.

My annoyance turned to anger. Another protest. For the past few weeks, some St. Charles parents have been staging protests against mask policies in the public schools, outraged that their children should possibly have to protect themselves and their teachers during a........

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