By Lucy Ashton
A GROUP of parents and grandparents, concerned about the impact of the continuing mandate for masks in classrooms, made a colourful stand outside the First Minister’s official residence, Bute House, Edinburgh, earlier this month.
Around 60 parents, grandparents and children gathered for the family-friendly Stand By Me Scotland afternoon – with colourful balloons, umbrellas and a selection of rousing songs.
Stand By Me Scotland is concerned about the social, educational and psychological impact of prolonged mask-wearing on children, with particular worries around the impact on children with hearing impairments and those with additional support needs.
Stand By Me Scotland co-organiser, Ruth Harley, who is also a teacher, said: “We organised this event because we are concerned about the restrictions being placed on young people. You can now go clubbing without a mask, eat a meal in a restaurant without a mask, and debate in the Scottish Parliament without a mask.”