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Earlier we told you about the mural in Hiatt Middle School in Des Moines that the district called a “message of unity.” The photos posted to the district’s Facebook page were criticized, but not for the reasons one might suspect.

“That is a lovely mural and I commend these kids for their work,” wrote Jesse Richardson-Jones. “But I also want DMPS to know that by posting pictures with kids not wearing masks or social distancing in schools, you are normalizing this behavior for the fall. You may not be able to mandate masks as the CDC recommends, but you can control the pictures you post. Please do better.”

Another person said it’d be “great to encourage keeping masks on for photos.”

Diane Miller Montefusco added, “murals, no matter how nice, don’t keep people healthy. Where are the masks?”

Author: Jacob Hall