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By Roger Harnack
Whitman County Gazette 

More than 450 protest masks in schools

Parents say they'll pull students


August 19, 2021

Roger Harnack I The Gazette

Several parents from Colfax and Pullman pause for a photo Aug. 12 at the end of a protest at Liberty High School in Spangle over Gov. Jay Inslee's orders to require students to wear masks on public school campuses.

SPANGLE — More than 450 people stood on the Liberty High School baseball field singing the National Anthem on Aug. 12.

A World War II-era P-51 fighter flew overhead, piloted by Jared Segebartt, of Moscow, Idaho, as the "stars and stripes" waved in the wind.

Some in the crowd waved American flags while others hoisted signs demanding the governor rescind his edict requiring public school students to be masked when classes resume in the coming weeks.

On the dais, 9th Legislative District Republican lawmakers Sen. Mark Schoesler, of Ritzville, Reps. Joe Schmick, of Colfax, and Mary Dye, of Po...

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