A Trump-supporting school board member from South Carolina stormed out of a board meeting on the re-imposition of distance learning, claiming that God should decide whether students are protected from COVID-19.
Barbara Crosby, an elected official who has been a member of the Dorchester District 2 School Board for more than 13 years, could be heard expressing her objections in a video of the proceedings before leaving the meeting.
The disruption came after the board of directors voted to move all schools in the Charleston and surrounding area to virtual learning for a period of seven days beginning Tuesday as COVID-19 cases continue to rise statewide.
“Now I hope and pray that our children don’t get sick to death or that we don’t lose children,” Crosby said. WCSC anchor Raphael James in a video interview after Wednesday night’s school board meeting.
‘But you know what? That’s not my — that’s up to God.’
When asked by James to clarify her stance on COVID-19 safety for children, Crosby redoubled her position to allow students to return to class despite concerns about the coronavirus.
“I said that won’t be my decision. It’ll be — I mean, God decides who lives or dies, right?’
Crosby, who was supported by a dozen parents at Wednesday’s board meeting, wanted to add an option to the meeting’s agenda that would allow children to study in school.
Pictured: Wednesday night’s school board workshop where Crosby walked out after being banned from voting against the district’s virtual learning mandate as of Tuesday
Crosby, who was supported by a dozen parents during Wednesday’s board meeting, wanted to add an option to the meeting’s agenda that would allow children to study in school.
“They should have set option D, which is for kids to go back to school the way they should,” said parent Derek Clements, who supported Crosby’s efforts to get kids back in the classroom.
“They don’t care, they obviously don’t care. They won’t listen.’
Crosby had previously called for an end to COVID-related classroom restrictions at a Donald Trump rally in November.
Pictured: Deaths from coronavirus in South Carolina, with 10,743 deaths in the state overall and 261 deaths in Dorchester County, where Crosby is an elected official
Coronavirus cases in South Carolina, with a total of 746,000 cases and 5,523 new cases reported in the state since yesterday
However, the facts appear to back up to calls by Crosby and her supporters for an end to COVID-19 classroom restrictions.
WCSC reports that 20 percent of students in the district did not attend school because of positive COVID-19 tests or contact with an infected person.
Meanwhile, 264 staff members reported absent for the same reasons, the news channel said.
As for the state, there have been a total of 746,000 cases of Coronavirus, with only 5,523 new cases as of yesterday, and a total of 10,743 deaths from the virus since its inception in March 2020, according to the New York Times.
Dorchester County, home to the Crosby school district, has a total of 26,870 COVID-19 cases and 261 deaths.
Crosby’s video interview with WCSC, where she reiterated her belief that God, not her fellow board members, should decide whether children should be protected from COVID
Barbara Crosby, pictured, an elected official who has served on the Dorchester District 2 School Board for over 13 years
As of the 2010 census, the population for the county, which is included in the Charleston-North Charleston, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area, was 136,555.
The state topped the nation in new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people, a Times report revealed Thursday.
The school district is set to mandate virtual learning after Labor Day.
Board chairman Gail Hughes told Crosby supporters it would be illegal to change the agenda after it had already been approved.
“Those who were here were one of them, and that’s okay,” Hughes said of Crosby’s supporters.
“It was a board workshop where we gather information to try to make a decision. It was not a board meeting where we are allowed to comment.’