There’s an ongoing debate in the U.S. (and in many other countries, for that matter) whether kids should be sent back to school or not. The federal government in the U.S. has given guidelines to schools for reopening as scheduled in just a few weeks. Many parents, teachers, experts, and politicians have expressed their skepticism, though, and with the back-to-school day getting dangerously close, people have started to panic.
Some parents, though, are eager to send their kids back to school amid the coronavirus pandemic, as they’re not happy with Houston ISD’s decision to switch to online classes. In fact, moms gathered for a Red Apple protest against online classes, and they were not the only ones.
In a satirical move intended to warn people about the dangers of sending kids back to school, two grim reapers dressed in all black held their signs reading “Open Schools Now!” and stood next to the moms that protested against online classes. The photos of the grim reapers were shared on Twitter, and they quickly received a lot of attention. Thousands of people praised the reapers for sending their important message (and wearing black cloaks in the middle of the summer in Houston):
As reported, Houston ISD decided that students will go back to online classes rather than return to the classrooms in fall. Some parents, though, feel like there shouldn’t be a “one size fits all” approach when it comes to their children’s education, and they claim that kids thrive from social interaction, learning from their peers, compete with them, and learn manners each day inside the classroom. As a result to Houston ISD’s decision, the parents claim that they will be gathering for Red Apple protests every Monday at West University Elementary School “until their request is taken seriously or HISD reverses its decision”.
This is how people on Twitter reacted to the protests and the creative grim-reapers: