Children as pawns.
“Concerned” parents will raise their voices at school board meetings and say that their children are being damaged by having to wear a mask. Others trusted to be in the know argue that children are resilient and may not care all that much about having to wear a mask, or be affected by wearing one.
So, children are delicate flowers who have been denied normal development. Or children are resilient and flexible—perhaps much more so than their elders who seem bent on looking for ways to make mountains out of mole hills.
Who’s right? I don’t know. Maybe the answer lies somewhere in the unsatisfying middle, where concessions have to be made because a pandemic has lingered longer than it needed to.