Last week, parents attempted to organize “No Mask Monday” to protest mask requirements at schools in Enterprise, Utah. However, senior student-athletes stood together at Friday’s football game as one cheerleader, Dallee Cobb, delivered a speech asking the community to wear a mask so that all students had a chance to enjoy their school year.
“We saw with the Class of 2020 how fast things we love can be taken away from us,” Dallee said. “We, of all people, should know that wearing a mask is not fun. Neither is wearing a seatbelt, or a life jacket, or pads for football, but we do all these things so that we have a future.”
“We ask that you put your mask on so that we can get our game on,” she continued. “I personally hate wearing this stupid thing, but you can bet I am doing whatever I can to be able to be here with my teammates and doing the things that I love.”
The students’ plea came after some parents who are anti-maskers took to social media to call for a “No Mask Monday.” KSL reports that one post said, “Everyone commit to No Mask Monday! Do NOT send your kids to school with a mask. They cannot suspend the whole student body!”
Students Take a Stand
Dallee’s father, Mike Cobb, posted a video of her speech on Facebook, which now has over 10,000 views. Cobb told KSL he was proud of all the students who stood together that night. Ironically, Cobb is an anti-masker himself, saying in a recent Facebook post, “I’m pro mask in school so my kids can go to school! Other than that I’m against the mask!” To KSL he added, “Regardless what my opinions are or anybody else in the community. I’m proud that they made a stand and they’re standing by it.”
Meanwhile, Dallee and two other students also joined Utah Governor Gary Herbert at a weekly briefing asking parents to stop fighting mask requirements, according to Cache Valley Daily.
“We shouldn’t be throwing away the opportunity to be in extracurriculars and to be in person and socialize over something as small as wearing a mask,” Dalle said. “I feel like the opinion of parents and adults in general right now are just a big part of that problem.”
Due to state guidelines, students who refuse to wear a mask at school must be sent home. After seeing parents’ social media posts, students feared Enterprise High School would shut down if enough students showed up without masks.
When students returned to campus the following Monday, there were no reported incidents of anyone refusing to wear masks.
Principal Calvin Holt said that the results of the students’ plea showed “a lot of promise in the future.” He told KSL, “We’ve got great kids at Enterprise High School. We’re just happy to be back in school and we’ll do anything we can to stay here.”