Students throughout Inland Empire report verbal, emotional abuse and segregation by school officials over masks

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People protest against mask mandates in front of Temecula Middle School, Feb. 9. A number of parents of students at TMS are rallying in support of the students or their parents having the choice in whether or not their children wear masks at school. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
“They make us feel like we are some kind of disease that no one wants to be around like we are beneath them.”The number of students practicing civil disobedience by refusing to wear masks in elementary, middle, and high school is growing throughout the Temecula and Murrieta school districts. As a result, schools are allegedly segregating students who refuse to wear masks by placing them outside in inclement weather, unsupervised, alone in a room or sent home. Students reported they are emotionally abused in what is described as a toxic environment between staff and students.The protests gained momentum after Gov. Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and San Francisco Mayor London Breed among others were seen maskless at the NFC Championship Game Jan. 31 and thousands
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