"I’d do it once more": Missouri mom defends internet hosting Superspreader homecoming dance for 200 college students
"Actions and events like this are ruthless and violate all public health containment strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the entire community," said a health ministry press release, which rightly referred to dance participants focused "We're pushing back even further by contacting new positive cases." When the news of the nasty, bad event broke on Thursday evening, the Rolla High School principal quickly stated that the school would switch to "full virtual learning" by November 23, which will mark the end of the health authoritiesQuarantine order for participants.
How can a bunch of obvious COVID-19 deniers spark a dance that could destroy a community in the coming weeks? With social media, of course.
The Daily Beast got an in-depth look at the not-so-secret sick dance of Rolla High School and it's a terrifying glimpse into the mindsets that are undermining efforts to contain the coronavirus crisis so quickly and dangerously. Parents – apparently led by a Cory Coates – secured use of Matt & # 39; s Steakhouse, a place where customers report that masks are not needed or worn by employees. The restaurant and Coates have already disabled their Facebook pages to fend off the inevitable crush usually caused by national coverage of bad deeds. However, the Daily Beast got to Coates' profile before she could scrub it.
"So my boyfriend and I did something yesterday," local parent Cory Coates posted on Facebook after the dance. “We did a REALLY big deal. And we had a lot of support. And a lot of help. And lots of really happy kids. And it was kind of amazing. And I really want to recognize these people and thank them, but I can't. But my heart is full and I think the children are happy and it was worth it. I would do it again. I am happy and sad at the same time and I want normalcy. I think we delivered this for one night. # HOCORHS2020. ”
Lots of support. Lots of help. Its worth it. Would do it again. Obviously, Coates didn't act alone and isn't concerned about the infected waves this potential super-spreader may be sending through their community. An undated Snapchat post shared with Daily Beast stated that while the venue was not yet secured, the event date was confirmed for November 7th. The nautical-themed post also asked for donations and volunteers, and directed people to contact Coates.
Coates didn't deny she was planning the event when she was contacted by Olivia Messer of the Daily Beast, but she didn't fully confirm it either. Instead, she pointed out that the school hosted many of its own activities during the week of their steak-scented super spreader. "But they also had wrestling tryouts!" Of course, doesn't save anyone's life – but Rolla parents are still ready to preserve their coronavirus-soaked floor. Public health officials expect people "will choose not to report symptoms, some will choose not to be tested. " and that you "will be untrue and will purposely withhold information. "
Messer cites a Rolla mother as an example of precisely this prediction; She wrote on Facebook that while her daughter did not attend the event, she added the health department to her phone contacts so she could evade her calls.
"I'm sorry, but if your child scolds other children at the health department for attending a private event, you are the bigger problem … SMDH SOCIALISM," she wrote. "I don't have to answer any of your questions. F #% * them."
"This is how it all begins," she continued. “Share, label. Her house was searched in the middle of the night. Don't you think it could happen here? Think again The difference is that our citizens are armed according to their constitutional rights. "
This thinking is of course extremely dangerous, does not help anyone and endangers the larger community. Missouri is particularly strong in its reluctance to wear masks, led by Republican Governor Mike Parson. Parson and his wife captured the Rona in September after months of sustaining anti-mask sentiments and giving her credibility Refusal to restrict social gatherings. As of this writing, Missouri school children are not required to wear masks in school. Between the poor advice and lack of science-based guidance from Parson and Donald Trump, it's easy to see how these dismissive mindsets become a frightening norm.
Just off I-44, about halfway between Springfield and St. Louis and not far from Kansas City, Rolla describes itself as "The center of everything", as with all of our measures to contain the spread of the virus, is far more than the city of 20,000 inhabitants. But don't tell the townspeople that. Alderman Deanne Lyons told Messer the resentment and distraction is strong in the city.
"The night I was sworn in, someone showed up and compared mask mandates to the Star of David," Lyons told the Daily Beast. "Implying that the council members were Nazis because they had restrictions of some kind to prevent the spread of COVID."
"That was in June," remarked Lyons, before adding, "(t) at his last meeting someone had quoted a right-wing conspiracy website about masks that make our lives worse."
Unfortunately, a night of dancing is unlikely to have made a person's life better. The hard truth is, Coates and Co. may just have planned an event that will cost lives rather than improve it.
Time will tell if Coates will continue to insist that the potentially fatal event was worth it.