We’ve seen a lot of bizarre things over the past year during the pandemic, but the move Wenatchee High School in Washington state is pulling with its band students is absolutely mind-blowing. Forget double masking and social distancing, they’re putting students in music class in individual pop-up tents so they can rehearse.
According to Classic FM, students are zipped into their own tent, which of course are six-feet apart from one another, and they play their instrument inside the tent in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus.
The pictures of this madness are absolutely astonishing. They’re both hilarious and horribly sad.
This is a high school band practice in Wenatchee,WA pic.twitter.com/q2prCJemX0
— Ari Hoffman (@thehoffather) February 24, 2021
I’m not a parent, but I do have eyes and a brain therefore I have the right to ask this question: What in the hell is going on here?
Right now the country is divided, as per usual, on whether or not kids should be in school at the moment. Everyone has a right to their opinion, but I think we can all agree that if this is what kids are being forced to do just to practice an instrument, what’s the point? No kid is taking joy in squeezing into a tent to play an instrument during class.
Look at that photo of the kid holding the sousaphone, they may have had a laugh getting into that tent, but standing there for the duration of the class could very well end up being the most miserable moment of their entire life.
Wearing masks inside the school and social distancing are fine, but putting kids inside tents? Let’s draw the line somewhere.