Yukon school board member Suzanne Cannon took her turn to blast a recent group of anti-mask protestors who interrupted a May school board meeting.
During comments at the Monday, June 7 regular meeting, Cannon recalled the chaos that broke out when those waving signs and protesting mask mandates spoke out of turn.
Cannon was school board president when more than 50 protestors of the district mask mandate showed up Monday, May 3, some with signs and others who spoke aloud and disrupted the meeting. The crowd of people in the board room erupted with shouts and applause as one woman charged the podium and grabbed the microphone to rail against masks.
“This is not about COVID! This is about control!” the woman screamed. Two Yukon police officers approached her, and she threw her hands behind her back and turned to the officers as if complying to be handcuffed. The officers did not arrest her, despite the disturbance.
Cannon said there were people who responded professionally, and she applauded those staff members and others in the room who were peaceful.
“The board has very strict rules that we have to go by,” Cannon said.
“One person yelled out, ‘Okay I’ll play your game and raise my hand.’ We don’t play games here and there is a procedure to follow if you want to address the board,” Cannon said.
“My family came to watch me be sworn in and were seated together, right here in the front of the room. A woman came in and sat behind them and began loudly yelling at me and pointing at me,” Cannon said.
The May 3 meeting turned personal for her, Cannon said.
“She verbally assaulted my granddaughter.” “I have something to say to that lady that I’ve never said to anybody else before. Shame on you. There were other children present in the room. And the constant yelling. No child should ever be afraid of a school board meeting.”
Cannon said she has received letters of support from people from across the district who said the mask protesters do not represent them.
Cannon said at the Monday night meeting she did not want to let what happened in May go without her personal comments.
“I wanted to address this, put it behind us and move forward because we can’t allow that to happen again. We’re better than that,” Cannon said.