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Parents torn over who is right as mum pulls kids from school in face mask row

A fuming mum pulled her kids out of school after her kids were told not to wear face masks – hundreds are torn over who is right in the controversial row.

Suzanne Byrne took her children out of school after she was unhappy with the rules, and readers were torn over her decision, reports Liverpool Echo.

Her three children who go to Woodchurch High School were told to remove their face masks on the first day back.

The 48-year-old argued against the decision and said her family was vulnerable to the deadly coronavirus.

But the Wirral school said they are following government guidelines and has made an "informed decision" not to require masks to be worn.

After Suzanne said she would not be letting sons Angelo Galindo, 15, Roman Galindo, 13 and daughter Ireland Galindo, 12, go back without the masks readers were left torn over who was right.

On Facebook dozens of people said Suzanne was right for doing what she felt protected her children.

Joyce Beard said: "Good on her. She is right.

"I would do the same. Hope she gets there."

Rebecca Rose also said: "Masks are more to protect others, but they also afford the wearer a little protection, which is better than nothing.

"Good on her."

A number of other also commented that if it made Suzanne and her children feel safer then they should have been allowed to wear them.

Sarah Evans said: "I’m disgusted – why would you do this to anyone if it makes them less anxious."

Sheila O'Driscoll added: "Can't see the problem with her wanting her kids to wear a mask, let them.

"She should be allowed to protect her kids, should be up to the individual in my opinion."

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But other parents commented to say they agreed with the school and were glad wearing masks wasn't mandatory.

Tina Cheers said: "My two boys also go to Woodchurch and I'm glad they're not made to wear them.

"It should be individual choice if you want to or not."

Rebekah Phillips, headteacher at Woodchurch High School, said: “The school is following national guidelines, as set by [the] government.

"To that end, we have completed risk assessments and these have been submitted to the relevant external bodies.

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“At this stage, in line with government guidelines, the school is able to exercise discretion on the wearing of face masks.

"We have therefore made an informed decision that the routine wearing of face coverings is not required, as the school is not situated in a high risk area at this time, and thus not subject to a 'local lockdown'.”

Ms Phillips said the health and safety of pupils was at the top of the school’s priority list as children returned.

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