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BESE adjourns meeting on school COVID-19 protocols; crowd of outraged parents linger

Published: Aug. 17, 2021 at 7:39 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 18, 2021 at 9:31 AM CDT
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The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Second Education (BESE) adjourned a public meeting at the Louisiana State Capitol just before noon Wednesday, Aug. 18 due to non-compliance from the audience.

The meeting was in response to Attorney General Jeff Landry’s letter on COVID-19 protocols in school.

Click here to see Jeff Landry’s response.

BESE members said they were adjourning the meeting because members of the audience refused to wear masks and remain calm.

Many of the parents who attended the meeting to protest the state’s required COVID-19 protocols for schools, such as mask wearing, were outraged when the meeting adjourned.

The meeting started at 9 a.m. but the board stepped out of the meeting and went into an executive session at 11 a.m. to handle other agenda items.

Parents outraged at BESE meeting
Parents outraged at BESE meeting

A large crowd of parents erupted in anger and people began chanting and yelling. Pastor Tony Spell got up and spoke to the audience.

Tony Spell attends BESE meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021.
Tony Spell attends BESE meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021.(WAFB)

The outrage continued when BESE adjourned the meeting.

WAFB’s Chris Roasto will have a full report on 9News at 6.

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