“No Mask Monday” Is a No Go for These Utah Cheerleaders and Football Players

Mask-wearing has become a politically charged issue, but the kids at Enterprise High School in Enterprise, Utah just want to participate in their sport. It’s as simple as that. They understand what they have to do to have a somewhat normal senior year. 

Parents encouraged their kids to leave their masks at home

Parents in the community had begun circulating social media posts calling on fellow parents to commit to “No Mask Monday.” One social media post called on fellow parents to tell their kids to ditch their masks, and defy the mask-wearing mandate, reasoning that, “They (the school) cannot suspend the whole student body!”

That’s when Dallee Cobb, a senior cheerleader, decided to take a stand and tell the parents how she and her friends felt. Flanked by fellow cheerleaders and football players, she bravely stepped up to the microphone prior to a football game and gave a heart-wrenching speech on behalf of all the senior athletes.

This right here is 100% what it’s about! If you don’t want to support our local teachers and administrators! Feel free to home school, send your kids to a private or charter school! Don’t mess it up for our kids who choose to wear a mask and go to school and play sports! Take your frustration and protests elsewhere, like the office that matters! Governors office, not the Elementary or High School! I support our local schools and administrators 100%. They have bent over backwards to accommodate our children! Let’s support them! Please!

Posted by Mike Cobb on Saturday, August 22, 2020

In it she said that she and her fellow students were excited to get back to their fall sports. She politely thanked the crowd for their support and then just as politely asked them to please wear a mask. She said that she and her friends simply want to have a senior year, Homecoming, Prom and hopefully even graduation. The Class of 2021 saw “…with the Class of 2020 how fast things we love can be taken away from us…”

Dallee admitted she hates the mask but is happy to do this small, selfless thing

Dallee admitted that she personally hates wearing her mask but says she is willing to do this “small” thing to be with her teammates doing the things she loves. “Wearing a mask is not fun” she said “but neither is wearing a seatbelt, or a life jacket, or pads for football but we do all these things so that we have a future.”

Her proud dad videoed her presentation and shared it on Facebook where it has been widely viewed. He said that he was proud of the kids for protesting the protest. Under the comments on his Facebook post, he added…

This demonstrates the power of our youth! They felt that they needed to have a voice in what was taking place. They united as a front and stood for what they believe in, what they need and want. They took their story to the public, to social media and the media! In less than a week it went from them wondering about the uncertainty of future school and not having a voice to being asked by the Governor to speak with him at his press conference where he gave them the floor. This is power, this is freedom! These are our children and future! 

Dallee’s speech was poignant in its simplicity. This is about what these kids have lost and what they stand to lose and it’s about what Dallee calls a “small, selfless thing” that can help them recoup some of those loses.

Today reported that the Monday following Dallee’s speech most students came to school appropriately masked.

About Helene Wingens

Helene Wingens has always been passionate about painting pictures with words. She graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in psychology and three years later from Boston University School of Law with a Juris Doctor. In a year long clerkship for an appellate judge Helene honed her writing skills by drafting weekly appellate memoranda. She practiced law until she practically perfected it and after taking a brief twenty year hiatus to raise her three children she began writing a personal blog Her essays have been published in: Scary Mommy, Kveller, The Forward, and Grown and Flown where she is Managing Editor. You can visit Helene's website here

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