The COVID mania has officially reached a new level.
Even as the pandemic is supposedly in its final stage, many people are still not ready to give up their siege mentality and return to living somewhat normal lives.
But when the paranoia starts impacting young people and children, that’s when it crosses a line.
That’s what happened at a New Hampshire high school at a prom celebration in June.
In the small town of Exeter, New Hampshire, parents were furious to find out that the school staff marked unvaccinated young people with a black Sharpie pen.
The kids had to have numbers written on their wrists, supposedly for contact tracing purposes. They also had to display these numbers at regular intervals during the dance, allowing everyone to see their vaccine status.
This story came into the spotlight after State Representative Melissa Litchfield (R-NH) shared concerns by some of the parents on her social media.
“You had to produce your papers, and if you didn’t produce your papers, you were branded with a black Sharpie. What does that mean to you? Litchfield said.
Parents that reached out to Litchfield were concerned about the confidentiality of the children’s vaccine status and the risk of labeling.
“We truly feel they are literally branding our kids if they don’t get this experiential ’emergency’ approved vaccine,” one parent said.
They have no business asking for a vaccine card” another parent wrote. “Last Thursday masks were no longer required outside and if this is in effect it should not have mattered if they were vaccinated or not.”
Principal Mike Monahan defended the decision, saying that they made “every effort possible” to protect the privacy of the students.
“Our student and parent feedback has been extremely positive regarding the prom experience,” he said for NBC10 Boston.