Portland school board ends in-person vaccine mandate meeting after angry maskless parents flood room

One attendee called Portland school board members 'cowards.'

The Portland Public Schools board canceled an in-person meeting on a potential vaccine mandate for students after parents in the audience refused to wear face masks.

“I will not sit down,” one maskless attendee of the meeting is heard shouting at the board on Tuesday evening, calling the members “cowards.”

The meeting was scheduled to discuss a potential vaccine mandate for eligible students in the district, and drew a large crowd. Security guards asked the maskless attendees to comply with the state’s indoor mask mandate and were also given a two-minute warning to comply or the meeting would be moved to a virtual setting.

The meeting was ultimately moved online and streamed on YouTube.

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