A Williamson County public school teacher on indefinite suspension for refusing to wear a COVID-19 mask on school grounds told school system officials Thursday that science and public opinion are not on their side.
That teacher, Aundrea Laramee-Gomez, said this in an open letter to all 12 Williamson County School Board members and Superintendent Jason Golden.
“I do understand that Tennessee is a right-to-work state and that employers can terminate at any time, for any reason. WCS may even have the legal right to keep me on suspension, indefinitely,” Gomez said.
“That appears to be the plan since human resources has refused to respond to my requests for communication. But are any of these actions the right and honorable thing to do?”
School system spokeswoman Carol Birdsong told The Tennessee Star in an email Thursday that she would not comment on an active personnel matter. None of the 12 school board members returned a request for comment Thursday.
Gomez, in her letter, said Tennessee’s constitution does not side with the school system’s mask mandates, although she did not cite which part of the state constitution said that.
“The science is NOT on WCS’s side. Masks do not control viruses. The fact that WCS makes policies that completely go against this scientific fact causes me to question the motives. What is the benefit? Power? Money?” Gomez asked.
“History will NOT be on WCS’s side. The decisions of WCS regarding mask mandates and quarantining hundreds of HEALTHY children will not age well. Public opinion is NOT on WCS’s side. But you clearly don’t care as you continue to make decisions in a bubble regardless of parent and community input.”
As The Tennessee Star reported last month, Gomez taught English as a second language. To do so, she said her students needed to see her face uncovered. She said she taught at Oakview Elementary School in Franklin and at Longview Elementary in Spring Hill.
Gomez, in her letter, said “independent thinkers are NOT welcome in Williamson County Schools.”
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