Bradley Keyes, a high school track coach in New Hampshire, was fired from his job after refusing to make his team wear masks during outdoor training hours.

Keyes, the Pembroke Academy track coach, asked high school officials whether the Interscholastic Athletic Association’s mandatory facemask guidelines were advisory or required, the Daily Wire reported.

The immediate response was that Pembroke and other competing schools agreed to the mask policy, and therefore it was their responsibility to have their students wear them.

The NHIAA, the NH High School Athletics governing body, recommended that all track and field athletes wear masks during races at meets—from the 100m up to the 2 miles. 

Faced with the surprise response, Keys wrote a letter to the school’s athletic director, arguing why he disagreed with the provision and therefore refused to comply.

“I will not stand up in front of the kids and lie to them and tell them that these masks are doing anything worthwhile out in an open field with wind blowing and the sun shining,” Keyes wrote regarding the guidelines set forth by the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association.

“These insane policies are robbing kids of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for no valid reason other than irrational fears and going along with the sheep,” he added.

Keyes concluded his letter by urging the athletic director to fire him “if necessary,” to which the director complied.

In a blog post on Monday, Keyes regretted being fired from the school and no longer guiding his athletes. 

“My only regret is not being able to be there every day to teach and encourage all of my athletes. I have just one parting thought that came to me yesterday that helped clarify this situation and why I made the choice I did.”

He also warned that the obligation to use masks modifies the traditional rules of the sport. From now on, there will be coaches who will force their athletes to use it under any circumstances. In contrast, others will say that it is not necessary. 

Later Keyes, in a conversation with WBZ, implied that he is respectful of the rules, as long as they make sense. And even if he is not convinced of their effectiveness, “I wear a mask where I have to. And I will wear a mask when I go into stores or any private business I want to,” the trainer said.

The problematic situation that coach Keyes had to face comes as the use of masks is in question. Several scientific studies minimize their effectiveness, and some scientists claim that excessive use could generate worse consequences than the virus itself. 

German scientists discovered dangerous chemical substances in daily use masks, which could generate serious health problems. Users unknowingly breathe in carcinogens, allergens, and tiny synthetic microfibers that are deposited in the lungs, as reported by the alternative media Ecotextile on April 1. 

On the other hand, Republican states such as Florida and Texas, where masks are not required, have far fewer cases of the CCP virus than Democratic states such as New York, where masks are mandatory, Breitbart reported March 22.

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