Report by Paula Antolini, August 24, 2021, 11:03PM EDT
Should the Biden administration and members of the government, educational institutions and politicians, legislators, and other professionals be using students to push the agenda of getting people vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, or wearing masks in school, when vaccines and masks are still a controversial topic? This is especially important because vaccines have not been proven to necessarily protect people from getting or spreading the virus. Were parents and/or American citizens part of this decision, considering many of those individuals are not in agreement with vaccines or masks etc.?
Bethel Board of Education Meetings
Presently even our local Bethel Board of Education (BOE) and School Superintendent are facing backlash for topics such as vaccines and mandatory mask wearing in schools, as shown in the complaints voiced by parents and others.
One example of failure to listen to parental concerns about vaccines and masks, and influences on students with misinformation, was at the last BOE Special Meeting on Monday, August 16, 2021. Parents were not allowed to ask questions and were just allowed a public comment during the public input section of the meeting agenda. The Board of Education said they would not answer questions at the meeting. This is apparently protocol. But then Dr. Carver stated she would answer questions immediately AFTER the meeting was adjourned. She also suggested people write emails to the school principals and her, for answers to questions they might have. She specified, “I think that about school-specific questions, like passing time in hallways, definitely go to the principals of the schools to get the best answers to the questions because I’m probably going to just defer to that person but if you have larger questions about mitigation strategies, you know, definitely contact me and I’ll try to answer it as best I can.”
BOE member Courtney Martin then brought up a point at the meeting, of whether or not that directive was following Robert’s Rules (Robert’s Rules of Order) to do this Q&A chat after the BOE meeting adjourned.
We sent an inquiry to Dr. Carver, the BOE, and Courtney Martin and are awaiting their response as to clarification of these rules, because the Q&A session DID take place after the meeting. This would mean anything discussed after the BOE meeting was adjourned, would be off the record. The after-meeting discussion would also not be visible to the public when watching the online video recording of the meeting afterwards because the recording stops at the official meeting adjournment and that’s all that is on the record. Even public comments (exactly what people said) are not recorded in meeting minutes, just the speakers’ names, sometimes. This is according to rules. The video recording hardly showed the faces of the audience and did not show the faces of the attendees who spoke, or a complete view of the BOE for that matter. Audio was poor and some board members spoke very softly and were wearing a mask, so it was hard to hear everyone at times, as mentioned by attendees.
The school officials also produce many school documents pushing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CT State Department of Public Health (DPH) agendas without investigating vaccines and masks pros and cons themselves, it appears, or considering other points of view, even when people present the info. to them. They claim they have to follow this agenda or they will lose school funding, for one, and that they are required to do so, as stated by Dr. Christine Carver at the August 16, 2021 BOE Special Meeting. They then pass this vaccine and mask information on to the students. Why should funding be a factor in student health matters?
The school PTO is even selling masks via online and school advertising, with school spirit logos and slogans on them, such as the Bethel Wildcats images, oddly pushing the agenda that wearing masks are school spirit, and will help protect them from getting the virus.
We inquired to Carver and the BOE as to whether or not there was any safety investigations about the masks, materials, or if they had confirmation of investigation and approval from the Bethel Department of Health, whom we also contacted and from whom are awaiting a response.
The Bethel Advocate did their own investigation and there is plenty to share, we will present the information in an upcoming article, but for now, it is very clear that the school only imparts one side of the issue to students and parents and it might not be the correct information.
Editor note: Numerous individuals stood up at the BOE meeting and made public comment about school and virus issues. We will feature their comments in an upcoming report. Dr. Carver finally replied to our inquiry, and said she would only answer our email questions via phone, and that we had to make an appointment with her secretary. We asked Carver, “So are you saying you will never send a written response to questions? She replied, “Yes. Unless it is very quick.” FYI: It definitely takes longer on the phone than it would if Carver wrote an answer, but possibly, is there a hesitation of putting anything in writing? Also, we have not heard back from Ms. Martin yet.
Mandatory Vaccines and Masks
Parents across the country are knowledgable that mandatory vaccines are looming, or can easily occur in their state (and some already have) since that mandate has already happened in many local or national schools, businesses and hospitals for all employees, such as New York and New Jersey, and Connecticut, or they lose their jobs. All have instituted these mandates that all teachers get vaccinated or must submit to weekly testing. Hospital workers in NY and CT do not have that option. Only some have exemptions and some have additional mandatory weekly testing.
Connecticut Executive Order No. 13D requires that “all Connecticut state employees and staff of all childcare facilities and preK-12 schools statewide must have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by September 27, 2021. Those who do not get vaccinated due to certain exemptions will be required to be tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis. However, state hospital and long-term care employees will not have the option of being tested in lieu of vaccination.”
“CT Public Health College Corps” and a Monetary Stipend
Despite FDA vaccine-related websites stating that the present “approved for emergency use” COVID-19 vaccines do not protect individuals from getting the COVID-19 virus, and the fact that once vaccinated, those individuals can actually spread the virus to others, the challenge is still given to students to push the agenda, to spread information that vaccines are “safe” and everyone should get one.
In one local college there is a monetary reward for promoting the vaccine agenda. “Quinnipiac University has partnered with the Connecticut Department of Public Health to recruit, train and connect up to 150 College Corps members” who served in a “new CT Public Health College Corps” this summer, from July 19 through August 20, 2021. “Corps members will receive one week of specialized online training prior to being matched with local community partners throughout the state, with a preference for matching corps members in or near the communities in which they live. After training, they will then be matched to work for 4 weeks supporting community-based organizations and state agencies to provide much needed capacity for new or existing efforts to address vaccine hesitancy. Corps members will do this by helping to engage, educate and encourage community members about the importance of getting vaccinated. Corps members will be supported in weekly cohort meetings with team leaders and mentors who will provide ongoing guidance, resources and support. All corps members who complete the program requirements will receive a $2750 stipend.”
Biden “COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge” and “Vaccine Champion Colleges”
At the national level students are urged to be part of making their college “Become a Vaccine Champion College!” “The White House and the U.S. Department of Education are asking college campuses across the country to join us in our efforts to end the pandemic by signing up for the COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge.”
On June 3, 2021, the Biden administration announced the “COVID-19 Challenge to get more young people vaccinated” … “where colleges and universities take a pledge and commit to taking action to get their college communities vaccinated.” U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said, “I encourage every college and university to take this pledge and get creative in becoming Vaccine Champion Colleges.”
This attempt to blur the line between college allegiance, patriotism to country, and U.S.A. Independence Day, is unacceptable and offensive to those wishing to exercise their rights to freedom to question the efficacy of vaccines and choose what goes into their bodies or that of their children and loved ones. The ed.gov website reads, “Everyone has a role to play in ending this pandemic, including your college or university.” reads the website. “As President Biden stated when he announced the July 4th goal: In two months, let’s celebrate our independence as a nation, and our independence of this virus. We can do this. We will do this.”
The CDC information states, “even though the risk of breakthrough infections is low, there will be thousands of fully vaccinated people who become infected and able to infect others,” yet students are lured to push a safety agenda and encourage others to get vaccinated?
Is this abuse of our educational system and our students, during the controversial topics of vaccines and masks etc.? This sure seems so, if people do not comply. Using students and educational systems to push the vaccine agenda is unacceptable to those who question the validity of vaccines information, especially when the “other side” of facts is not presented by those pushing the vaccine agenda, or it flip-flops back and forth, including from our schools and government. This is also being done under the guise of “for the good of all” without any strong evidence that vaccines or masks work. In fact you can easily find information to the contrary, something the schools and government do not present.
“Vaccine Information Statement” (VISs)
An “informed consent” document, or “Vaccine Information Statement” (VISs) is supposed to be presented before anyone receives a COVID-19 vaccine, informing them of the possible side effects and risks, and ingredients contained in the vaccine. Is this being done in all cases? Is it being explained carefully to the patient, making sure they understand the risks? Some of these documents have been found to be unedited and not updated which makes them obsolete. Patients can search the CDC website for an updated version, the CDC says. So how many people do this when sitting down to get a vaccination, or know there is an updated version. Are they told that by the medical worker? Perhaps the same thing should be done with the invasive nasal swab tests that indicate whether someone has the COVID-19 virus. Individuals have a right to know what is being added into their bodies. Or are they being told the vaccine and nasal swab is “safe” period, and no one indicates the ingredients?
Vaccine Mandates for Colleges, and Lawsuits
Numerous colleges already have mandates for mandatory COVID-19 vaccines and only some, not all, offer medical or religious exemptions or students cannot continue to attend school there or be accepted to attend the college, if a new student. If exemptions are accepted, students are required to be tested for COVID-19 as often as twice a week. If strict rules are not obeyed there are protocols in place at some universities to have the student warned, suspended, then expelled. Is this legal? There are numerous lawsuits happening regarding these issues.
According to The Wall Street Journal, “Students have brought federal lawsuits challenging the vaccination requirements at major public university systems in Indiana, Connecticut, California and Massachusetts. The students, in several cases backed by anti-vaccine groups, are insisting they have a constitutional right to go to college in person and unvaccinated.”
According an article on the Bloomberg Law website, “University Vaccine Mandate Lawsuits Mount as FDA Approval Nears,” “Covid-19 vaccine mandates for students have triggered a growing body of lawsuits against higher education institutions, testing the bounds of employer responsibility and health law amid the worsening pandemic landscape.” They say, “More than 730 college campus locations are requiring vaccines for students or employees returning for the fall semester, according to a database maintained by the Chronicle of Higher Education.”
“The lawsuits call into question the authority universities have over requiring a vaccine that only has emergency use status. With full Food and Drug Administration approval of Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine expected around the corner, health law scholars doubt the challenges will gain much ground,” reads Bloomnerg law.
Editor note: The Pfizer vaccine has since been approved by the FDA.)
Legislators, Politicians and Others Pushing Vaccine Agenda with Students
Today U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Governor Ned Lamont, Students, and Quinnipiac University Leaders released a notice that they “will discuss ‘CT Public Health College Corps’ Vaccination Efforts’ ” according to an announcement from Rebecca Drago, Senator Murphy’s press secretary. They “will visit Quinnipiac University (QU) for a conversation with QU leadership and student participants in the CT Public Health College Corps about their efforts to address vaccine hesitancy. QU partnered with the Connecticut Department of Public Health to recruit, train, and deploy about 150 students from across the state into vulnerable communities to educate and encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The announcement also reads, “Murphy visited Southern Connecticut State University and Central Connecticut State University over the summer in a push to increase vaccination rates for college students. Murphy also joined UConn’s Student Body President Mason Holland to discuss the importance of young people getting the COVID-19 vaccine. About 64 percent of Connecticut’s college-aged residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine.”
The “conversation” took place today, Tuesday, August 24th at 1:45pm at Mount Carmel Auditorium Center for Communications and Engineering, Quinnipiac University, 275 Mount Carmel Ave, Hamden, CT.
Participants were: U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, Governor Ned Lamont, Hamden Mayor Curt Leng, Judy Olian, Quinnipiac University President, Bethany Zemba, Quinnipiac University VP and Chief of Staff, Janelle Chiasera, Quinnipiac University Dean of Health Sciences, Heather Aaron, Deputy Commissioner, DPH, Jaime Krasnitski, Epidemiologist, DPH, Lainy Arroyo, Director of Health, City of Hartford, and CT Public Health College Corps Students.
Quinnipiac College described their program, in which there is a monetary reward at the end of training, as follows:
“Many have heard the slogan “vaccines save lives” but there is still hesitancy around getting vaccinated. The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent vaccines produced to combat other diseases have made it apparent that vaccinations in arms save lives, not vaccines that remain in vials.
“In response, Quinnipiac University has partnered with the Connecticut Department of Public Health to recruit, train and connect up to 150 College Corps members to serve in a new CT Public Health College Corps this summer, July 19 through August 20, 2021. All current college students 18 years or older who are pursuing either an associate’s, bachelor’s or graduate degree at a Connecticut college or university are eligible to apply. Connecticut residents who attend college out of state are also eligible.
“Corps members will receive one week of specialized online training prior to being matched with local community partners throughout the state, with a preference for matching corps members in or near the communities in which they live. After training, they will then be matched to work for 4 weeks supporting community-based organizations and state agencies to provide much needed capacity for new or existing efforts to address vaccine hesitancy.
“Corps members will do this by helping to engage, educate and encourage community members about the importance of getting vaccinated. Corps members will be supported in weekly cohort meetings with team leaders and mentors who will provide ongoing guidance, resources and support. All corps members who complete the program requirements will receive a $2750 stipend.”
Organizations Fighting Back
There are many online grassroots groups fighting the causes. One on Facebook is, “Family Freedom Endeavor” run by Vincent Delaney. The Family Freedom Endeavor, a Florida-based nonprofit incorporated in June 2021, describes its work as “fighting for the rights of individuals and the family over government-imposed regulations and restrictions.”
The purpose of the Family Freedom Endeavor, in part, is:
–To provide representation to individuals and/or institute litigation as a party plaintiff involving the defense and promotion of human and civil rights. This litigation will be focused primarily on public-interest cases dealing with familial and parental rights and protection of children in the United States.
–To educate and advocate for the civil rights of families and individuals within the United States, at home, at work and in public. Additionally, to fundraise and engage in other projects that further the efforts of defending the civil rights and liberties of families within the United States.
–To promote and advocate for child safety in the United States.
–To engage in any and all activities consistent with or in furtherance of the above purposes.
They have hired an attorney who is actively processing cases, taking names of students and parents of students and their complaints. They hold rallies from time to time and the next one is in Massachusetts on September 17, 2021. View more info. here. You can donate to the organization here.
Another organization is Unmask Our Kids CT which is “the statewide movement to end mask mandates
for all children in Connecticut.” You can view the website for more information and also join the Facebook group here and also sign the petition and/or donate here. As of last month the petition has over 14,000 signatures so far. Their next Unmask Our Kids Ct Rally is August 28, 2021, at 12pm at 210 Capitol Ave. in Hartford, CT. Click here for more details.
Educational institutions and government are training and bribing students to push their agenda, even rewarding them with prestigious titles and money, not presenting them with the full true picture of vaccine and masks risks. Do you wonder why parents and students are questioning motives and information and starting to fight back on mandates that take away basic freedoms and risk the health of individuals under the guise of safety for all? Some of the negative vaccine side effects caused permanent and devastating damage to vaccinated individuals, some of which can be viewed in the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System reports (VAERS). It is still unknown what the long term effects will be from all the COVID-19 vaccines.
Stand up and let your voice be heard. It is up to you to protect yourselves and your loved ones no matter which “side” you are on. Know what your children are being taught and participate in decision-making processes at schools and in government. The imagined “other guy” is not going to do it for you.