(photo courtesy of Jenna McKinney)
Parents and others from across Montana gathered in Helena on Saturday on the steps of the State Capitol building to celebrate the October 1st effective date of SB 400, also known as the ‘Parental Rights Bill”.
The core message shared by various speakers was the inherent rights of parents in medical and educational decisions regarding their children.
One of the speakers was Montana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Elsie Arntzen, who spoke of the teaching profession throughout her family’s history.
Another speaker was Brian Cayko, a respiratory therapist from Great Falls, who spoke forcefully against the mask mandates currently in effect in Montana’s public schools.
“If it wasn’t for the fear,” began Cayko. “This is called coercion, people. If it wasn’t for the fear of them dropping their GPAs and losing out on scholarships or potential future opportunities, they would not comply with this (mandate), but they’re scared and so they comply, and that’s the truth of the matter.”
Cayko continued with his comments about masking.
“This has been admitted by school principals, they know the policy is wrong, they admit it, yet they still continue to do this and then force and segregate students to be either learn remotely or put them