Despite the ongoing health pandemic, many members of the GOP are demanding that schools reopen this Fall. One adamant supporter is that of Missouri Gov. Mike Parson who on Friday said that kids need to go back to school even if it means they’ll get COVID-19.
During a radio interview on Friday, Parson said that children have to go back to school, where they will get COVID-19 but, according to him, kids will “get over it.”
“These kids have got to get back to school,” Parson told Marc Cox on KFTK. “They’re at the lowest risk possible. And if they do get COVID-19, which they will — and they will when they go to school — they’re not going to the hospitals. They’re not going to have to sit in doctor’s offices. They’re going to go home and they’re going to get over it.”
“We gotta move on,” he said. “We can’t just let this thing stop us in our tracks.”
Parson’s comments came amid a nationwide debate over fully reopening schools in the fall while the virus continues to spread across the US. President Donald Trump is pushing for schools to reopen and has even threatened to withhold federal funding from schools that don’t.
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