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12-year-old fights for mask mandate in schools

12-year-old fights for mask mandate in schools

Lila Hartley, 12, wrote a letter to the Duval County school board and superintendent calling on them to require masks in schools.


Lila Hartley, from Jacksonville, Florida, took matters into her own hands when she heard Duval County Public Schools wouldn't require masks for the upcoming school year: She wrote a letter to the school board and superintendent pushing for a mask mandate.

"I would like to encourage the requirement of masks at school in Duval County. Right now, especially while the Delta variant is surging, hospitalizing and killing so many kids. I really believe masks should be required," she wrote in the letter, which was shared with "Good Morning America."

"This pandemic is still around," Lila told "GMA" of why she wrote the letter. "People are still dying and getting sick. Masks save lives, and I don't want my brother to die."

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While Lila and her family are vaccinated, her brother Will, 10, is too young to receive the vaccine.

"I am so worried that if masks are not required my brother could go to school one day and the next be dying in the hospital," the letter continued. "We are siblings so we have our rivalries but I don't know what I would do if he died, especially if it was caused by a place that means so much to him, school."