Public speaking is high on the list of many people's living nightmares, but speaking at a meeting where those in attendance start openly mocking and jeering what you have to say kicks it up another notch.
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That's what happened to this teen in Tennessee, who walked to the podium at a local Board of Education meeting to give a heartfelt message about safety in the wake of his grandmother, a teacher, dying of COVID.
And adults in the room start laughing and mocking him. Someone yelled, "shut up."
"...I’m worried about my family. If I get COVID, I’m going to bring it to my family, and I talk to my grandparents a lot. They are higher risk than me, so I don’t want to give them COVID," high schooler Grady Knox said.
"This time last year, my grandmother, who was a former teacher at the Rutherford County school system, died of COVID because someone wasn’t wearing a mask."
USA Today reported Knox was among the seven students who was at the Rutherford County Board of Education to ask the district to require masks.
"This is an avoidable issue, and by not wearing masks in schools, it’s irresponsible. We’re killing people. This is not something we should be doing for the education of our students. Thank you."
Teen-aged Knox finished his speech despite the hecklers, something that made his father proud.
"I wanted to defend him but he handled it so much better than I could have," said the father Kerry Knox.