Two members of an Indiana school board resigned this month in the wake of a meeting in which several parents refused to wear masks.

Clark-Pleasant Community School Corporation announced on Tuesday that Board President Beth Poe and Vice President Laura Cope had resigned.

Their resignations come nearly a month after a September 21 school board meeting that had to be adjourned after just two minutes because parents weren't wearing masks, despite a district-wide mask mandateFOX 59 reported.

The Daily Journal reported at the time that about half of the estimated 40 attendees of the September 21 meeting weren't wearing masks.


In a resignation letter seen by FOX 59, Poe said she was stepping down to protect her physical and mental health.

"After talking with my family and close friends for the past 24 hours, they have given me insight into how my most recent time on the board has impacted who I am as a person and my inability to have peace and joy in my life," Poe's letter said. "If the past two years have taught me anything, it is that life is precious and that time is short."

Cope, meanwhile, said "other factors" prevented her from remaining on the school board.

"The administration at CPCSC makes decisions based on what is right for students, and I stand by every decision that has been made by administration during my time on the board," Cope's letter, also seen by FOX 59, said. "I wish CPCSC continued success and will always be a supporter of this administration."

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends Americans wear masks indoors to prevent the spread of COVID-19 if they aren't fully vaccinated, if they have weakened immune systems, or if they're in an area with a high coronavirus transmission.


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