Unmasked man halts meeting

A MAN WHO refused to wear a mask brought Tuesday’s Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education to a halt (Orange County Tribune photo by Tatum Foulger).


By Tatum Foulger

The Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education adjourned Tuesday night’s meeting after a member of the public refused to comply with the stated mask mandate.

Disapproval of the district’s continued implementation of masks, during board meetings as well as in the classroom, has been a major theme among the community recently, especially since Gov. Gavin Newsom is weighing whether to lift the statewide mask mandate.

Bob Harden, GGUSD president, requested that the man either wear a mask or leave the board room, to which he replied “I will be doing neither.”

The police were called and still he refused to leave. According to Lt. Mario Martinez of the GGPD, no arrests were made and the department expects compliance with mandates but does not enforce the use of masks.

The public portion of the meeting was adjourned, and continued as a closed session.

The next board meeting is set for Tuesday, March 1. The GGUSD is a K-12 district serving most of Garden Grove and portions of Anaheim, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, Stanton and Westminster.

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