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If you thought high school often felt like a prison, just be glad you weren’t a member of the Eatonville (Wa.) football team. Though they were spared the embarrassment of prison striped uniforms, working in the mess hall and group showers, the high school football team was asked to wear parolee-like ankle monitors to trace COVID cases.
BREAKING REPORT: Parent speaks out, Claims Washington's Eatonville High School FORCING UNVACCINATED STUDENT ATHLETS to Wear Ankle Monitors..
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) August 24, 2021
Student athletes participating in football, soccer, volleyball and basketball were required by the high school to wear a ‘TraceTag” ankle monitor created by Triax. The monitors can identify someone with COVID, and they can also send audible and visual alerts to participants who are deemed to be standing too close to one another. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated students are required to wear the extra piece of equipment.
The public school’s decision to treat their student athletes like prisoners has, predictably, not gone over well.
Eatonville high-school Washington State is forcing students to wear ankle monitors over the coof!!!
This is a violation of freedom of association and travel!
— Patriot_Party (@Ravens_Thunder) August 25, 2021
Where are the parents? No way would I allow this for my child. No sport is worth being tracked!
— BannedConservativeGirl (@banned_girl) August 25, 2021
Exactly! This is all about control! They are going to continue to keep stripping us of our freedoms!
— Susan Swayze (@ssswayze) August 25, 2021
Amidst the controversial decision to monitor students, Eatonville High School released the following statement: “This system prevents taking students out of school and athletics unnecessarily. It allows us to keep more students engaged and involved in class as well as athletic activities. This is a top priority for staff and families here in Eatonville. This school year we can expect numerous changes and for situations to be dynamic.”
Don’t be surprised if students are soon “asked” to form a chain gang and clean up debris-filled parking lots following practice.