Parents split on email regarding mask mandate from youth sports league

The message closed with: "Abide by the law today, but work hard to elect sane individuals in the next election to replace these hypocrites."

Posted: Apr 17, 2021 3:20 PM
Updated: Apr 17, 2021 4:48 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. --- On Friday evening, the Lane Youth Soccer Association sent out an email to parents and guardians notifying them that players must wear masks at all times or they won't be able to use the Petersen Barn Community Center for their weekly games any longer.

In the email, the board went on to criticize the government's role in the mask mandate.

"We realize this is a wildly unpopular requirement, but it is being imposed upon our players by our State politicians and bureaucrats. Many of these officials were not elected, but appointed by an extremely liberal administration who Oregonians did elect and who create laws and policies, but than do not adhere to the laws themselves. If you are unhappy with this situation, please do your part as responsible citizens - abide by the law today, but work hard to elect sane individuals in the next election to replace these hypocrites."

The response to this email was split from parents of children who play in the league. 

"I'm pretty appalled that he used my email to send me that garbage," one parent who wished to remain anonymous said.

Marissa Ruiz's son plays in this league and she said she agreed with the general idea of the email. She believes the mask mandate puts her son's health and well-being in jeopardy.

"Running up and down a soccer field chasing a ball... and having to reduce his ability to take in oxygen into his body is wrong. Completely wrong," Ruiz said.

Several parents mentioned removing their children from the LYSA program altogether after receiving this email. 

"I was surprised that they were taking such a political stance and that they were being in their language in that letter being so divisive in a way that really wasn't called for," another parent said.

Joel Andersen, the Commissioner of LYSA, refused to comment on the language used in the letter or parent's response to it. Instead, he told KEZI 9 News the email speaks for itself.

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