Local state rep. says he was removed from school board meeting for not wearing a mask

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CORTLAND, Ohio (WKBN) — Local state representative Mike Loychik said he was removed from the Lakeview school board meeting for not wearing a mask.

He said he was there to talk about making masks optional and was escorted out by their school resource officer.

“As a healthy individual, a leader and Representative, I would have looked hypocritical for wearing one and will never bow down to their ridiculous mandates,” Loychik said on his Facebook page.

He ended up giving his speech outside.

On Tuesday, Loychik issued the following statement:

The very best mask for our children is a healthy immune system and who knows their child’s health concerns and needs the best – the parents do. The mask mandate was created behind closed doors by the board members, which clearly lacked transparency and blatantly ignored the voices of parents across Trumbull County.

Sadly, as I attended the school board meeting to address the outpouring of concerns, the superintendent and school board members treated me disrespectfully and had me removed by a school resource officer – leaving the voices of hundreds of people that I represent silenced.

State Rep. Mike Loychik, R-Bazetta

Loychik went on to say he is not against those who choose to have their child go to school with a mask, but said the majority of parents in the district want to have a choice.

“This is exactly why I have introduced legislation under House Bill 400 to prohibit public schools that use taxpayer dollars from requiring children to wear masks,” Loychik said.

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