Letter: This Freedom Train is rolling through your town


Battle Ground resident Harlyn Thompson discusses a protest that took place at Woodland Middle School Friday against the mask mandate in schools

Editor’s note: Opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the author alone and do not reflect the editorial position of ClarkCountyToday.com

Today, Feb. 4 will go down in history for Woodland Middle School, which is just 20 miles north of Vancouver. 

Harlyn Thompson, BSN, RN
Harlyn Thompson, BSN, RN

Did you hear it? No that “rumbling” in Woodland (gateway to Mt. St. Helens) at 8:30 this morning; was not the mountain; these were “eruptions” of cheer and celebration from over 100 mask-less middle school students exercising their freedom to BREATHE freely. They came to school this morning without their MASK and gathered in unity. Just watching these students looking around and smiling in conversation with one another was watching Christmas morning happening all over again! The gift of FREEDOM could not have been more precious than on the faces of these children. Children need to BE FREE, which means to LIVE FREE. Masks do not work. They limit oxygen, not viruses.

Hats off to Woodland Middle School Principal James Johnston who stood with his mask-less students, behind a plastic face shield so we could see his smile as he spoke. The face shield had a batman scarf attached at the bottom of the shield which gave me an impression that he was warm and open and truly cares for his students. They could see his face, read his lips even though there was a shield. This was important to him. I commend him. It’s NOT his fault this is happening in his school. These are his students. He receives his students well, nonverbal communication synched well with his words and he spoke to a few select parents. These parents respect him. He is not the enemy. 

Woodland Middle School Principal James Johnston attempted to work with students who showed up at the school Friday without masks. Photo courtesy Harlyn Thompson.

Principal Johnston gave options for what is to happen next for his students by speaking out options to all his mask-less students. He took the time to closely engage each student as they were addressing concerns and he did so in a way that did not appear to discriminate in my humble opinion. He seems like a great man doing his duty to protect his students RIGHTS. Options to put the mask back on and go to class. Or go to the library and open their chrome books. Other options about having to fill out a form, possibly calling the parent to come get them, which he would help the students with individually. Parents that were present only had positive responses to his direction regarding their children.

One parent mentioned, sending her child to the library was segregating him from his classmates and this should not happen. We can agree, but we also realize this is the first step in the right direction.

Yesterday, high school students made an important impact to STOP this MASK MANDATE. Now ALL schools in Clark and Cowlitz county and across this entire state can and more and more students will be equipped with the FREEDOM to replicate this FREEDOM STAND.

On a side note, I cannot help but smile to see this effort come from our students, and God, yes God. The timing of this was not a coincidence. On Feb. 1 our Clark County Council members voted AGAINST our mini-initiative Petition to STOP MEDICAL DISCRIMINATION. They tried to silence 11,505 Registered Voters who came out to sign our legitimate historical petition. All we needed was 8,311 votes but we had over 3K more signatures. Only one brave council member listened to us. Only one. Thank you Eileen Quiring O’Brien. Thank you for your dedication to support FREEDOM. We will never forget you.

Then … as God would have it, the very next day, Washougal High School stood up and made national news. (Fox News, Jesse Watters). Today, Woodland Middle School stood up.

Harlyn Thompson, BSN, RN
Battle Ground

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Scott Hooper
Scott Hooper
3 months ago

Very sad. Children need to be taught their responsibility–to themselves, their family, and also to their community. The increased spread of the virus will almost surely kill some number of unknown people, and these kids will be as clueless as their parents.

Little Johny: “Mom, we don’t have to wear masks at school. Doesn’t that mean the virus will spread more?”

Mom: “Yes honey, but we don’t care because we pretend it won’t hurt us.”

Little Johny: “What about people like that nice State Trooper you watched on Fox News, Robert LaMay, and other middle aged people?”

Mom: “We don’t care, son. In fact, that nice trooper died this week from COVID.”

It’s so sad, the lack of social conscience.

Harlyn Thompson
Harlyn Thompson
3 months ago
Reply to  Scott Hooper

dear Scott, you can wear a mask if you want. If you don’t trust it, stay inside or wear 5 of them perhaps? Healthy people want to stay healthy. The right to breathe without restriction is a basic desire.

Wolfie
Wolfie
3 months ago

Good job Harlyn! Scott is a doomsayer along with KJ Hinton. They both jump from article to article to support Inslee and all the ridiculous mandates. Very proud of these kids and the ones in Washougal too. The masks do absolutely nothing. Its a virus, we can all live with it and if you want to vax and mask do you boo boo. We want our freedom to do us!! Great job!!

Joshua Anderson
Joshua Anderson
3 months ago

Go Harlyn! Go! So well said! The article and this response. The masks need to go we’re 1 of 8 states still under this tyranny! Time to end this already!

Katie Thompson
Katie Thompson
3 months ago
Reply to  Scott Hooper

Scott, so sad that you believe everything your TV tells you. After two years you still refuse to question anything that is being told to you. Rather than at least exploring what over 17,000 doctors and scientists are saying about Rona, the jab and masks, you choose to trust those who have made billions off of this. Did you know that CDC officially revoked the use of PCR due to false positives and not being able to differentiate from the flu? Probably not. So how are they testing AND since these tests have been faulty the whole time, what does that tell you? Did you know that when you receive your jab or countless boosters and die from said jab within hours, days or weeks of this due to heart issues, clots, stroke etc… you are considered unvaccinated until 14 days post jab? Think of that in relation to WHO is filling up hospitals. Did you know that the Rona still has a 99.98% survivability and there are and have been safe and effective treatments that are being withheld? Ivermectin won the Nobel Prize in 2015. Did you know that COVID is being listed on death reports and it’s an outright lie (happened to a family member) BUT that hospital made thousands for that diagnosis? Why are hospitals incentivized to diagnose this? If this is so deadly, why have movies still been made? Why are the Olympics still happening? Why is the Super Bowl still happening? Why are actors and politicians seen with no restrictions while our children are abused with masks? Consider yourself in favor of child abuse in light of all this. Why do you still believe these people that told you the jab worked when clearly you can still get Rona and are, in fact, the ones spreading this gift from China? Guess it’s easier to blame your neighbors and community instead of those profiting BIGLY off this. Stay indoors with all your masks, sir, as we all stand up for what you are too blind lazy, and careless to see. Watch as many more countries continue to open up with no impact or “rising cases.” Watch as this whole thing falls apart and you are left questioning how you didn’t put the pieces together, and contributed to the deaths of many and the abuse of children. Stay home, sir, if you are afraid. We all will come back together and LIVE while you cower at home.

Joshua Anderson
Joshua Anderson
3 months ago
Reply to  Katie Thompson

Amen sister! Sooo well put! This guy needs to go home and hide under his cloth blankies with CNN on his tablet so he feels safe again. Just think critically please.

Harlyn Thompson
Harlyn Thompson
3 months ago

Your response was perfect! Truly! 🙏🏻❤️

Wolfie
Wolfie
3 months ago
Reply to  Katie Thompson

Good job Katie!!!

Rich
Rich
3 months ago
Reply to  Katie Thompson

Here is the article that the PCR test don’t work.

https://www.technocracy.news/rt-pcr-test-loses-fda-emergency-use-authorization-on-january-1-2022/

Here is the link from the CDC pulling the PCR test 12/31/21

https://www.cdc.gov/csels/dls/locs/2021/07-21-2021-lab-alert-Changes_CDC_RT-PCR_SARS-CoV-2_Testing_1.html

The FDA Link from the CDC Page for approved tests and they are not approved they are “Emergency Use Authorized!!”

In Vitro Diagnostics EUAs | FDA

My question is how did they declare a Pandimic on a faulty PCR test?

Rich
Rich
3 months ago
Reply to  Katie Thompson

Here is the article that the PCR test don’t work.
https://www.technocracy.news/rt-pcr-test-loses-fda-emergency-use-authorization-on-january-1-2022/

Here is the link from the CDC on pulling the PCR Test 12/31/21

https://www.cdc.gov/csels/dls/locs/2021/07-21-2021-lab-alert-Changes_CDC_RT-PCR_SARS-CoV-2_Testing_1.html

The FDA Link from the CDC Page for approved tests and they are not approved they are “Emergency Use Authorized!!”

In Vitro Diagnostics EUAs | FDA

My question is how did they declare a Pandimic on a faulty PCR test?

Rich
Rich
3 months ago
Reply to  Rich
Momof4
Momof4
3 months ago

Masks have proven to be a way people FEEL like they have control over this virus- it is a FALSE sense of security. If you follow the science you will see that the CDC has stated all this has had an adverse effect on our children. It’s time to stop sacrificing our kids. No virtue signaling needed. You can wear a mask if you want to. We should be free to choose. I am choosing to fight for our kids. Spin it as you will. It time to take off the MASKS!

Crystal
Crystal
3 months ago

It’s about time

Ben dover
Ben dover
3 months ago

You guys are cringey bruh u act as if we’re not all gonna die soon

Harlyn Thompson
Harlyn Thompson
3 months ago
Reply to  Ben dover

Ben. Choose LIFE! Not FEAR. 🙏🏻❤️

David Douglas
David Douglas
3 months ago

The students at Amboy middle school have walked out too! High school students from Washougal, Battle Ground, Hockinson, and Union have also walked out. I’m proud of them and the courage they have shown. They have put up with the masks far too long. The momentum is growing here in Clark county!