Disturbing footage showing a child crying as nursery workers try to force him to wear a mask is sparking outrage.
According to the child’s mother, Ann Walker, the incident took place at her son’s daycare center in New York.
“This is my poor kid at daycare today so I can work. #breaksmyheart #governorhochulthiswontwork #whyarewepunishingbabies,” Walker wrote on Facebook last week.
In the video, a young boy repeatedly removes a face mask and cries out in protest as two nursery workers continuously attempt to put the mask back on over his face.
The video, which also went viral on Twitter with over 5 million views in two days, also caught the attention of several Republican politicians and conservative commentators, who condemned the cruelty.
This is not science.
It’s political virtue signaling. And really cruel to kids. https://t.co/J9AF3Zf3du
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 19, 2021
Others underscored the fact that the daycare workers kept touching the child’s face and mask during the struggle, completely negating any possible positive health effect of said mask.
In an update on Facebook after the video began going viral, Walker clarified she was not upset with her son’s daycare, but rather with New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, who last week issued an order requiring children as young as two to wear face masks while attending state-regulated childcare facilities.
“I’m not upset with his daycare they are attempting to comply with the mandate. I love where he is. I’m pissed out our governor and OCFS who think mandating two- year-old to wear a mask 7-10 hours a day is at all necessary. #unmaskourbabies,” Walker wrote.
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