The group continues to protest the mandate of the youth masks as school athletics ends for the year


LAS CRUCES – A week after Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration announced that young athletes and coaches did not need to wear masks on the playing field if they were fully immunized, the rights group from New Mexico asked for more.

Nancy Ana Garner, Senior Counsel for NM Stands Up! on Thursday submitted a cease and desist letter to New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Tracie Collins, New Mexico Department of Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart, Executive Director of the New Mexico Activities Association, Sally Marquez, and Rio Rancho Public Schools Superintendent, Sue Cleveland.

The group is calling on the state to eliminate its mask-wearing requirements for students and student athletes, regardless of their vaccination status. He specifically calls on the state to remove the requirements before the state track and field championships take place in Albuquerque on Saturday.

This is the second letter submitted to the State by NM Stands Up !, the first being dated April 26.

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The most recent letter was submitted “on behalf of many parents and students” across New Mexico, stating that wearing the mask causes students “to faint, vomiting, breathing problems, dizziness, disorientation. , nosebleeds, learning problems and other health problems. “

The cease and desist letter cites two cases of student fainting. In May, the Sun-News spoke to an Oñate high school student who passed out during a track and field competition.

Shaolin Munir (9) returns home as the Oñate Knights face the Cibola Cougars in the first round of the softball tournament at Field of Dreams in Las Cruces on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.

On Saturday, 2020-2021, high school track and field – including the softball and baseball championships – ends for the year.

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NM gets up! is also holding a statewide protest against mask requirements this Saturday at 11 locations across the state. In Las Cruces, a demonstration will take place at 10 a.m. at the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E Picacho Ave.

Miranda Cyr, a member of the Report for America Corps, can be contacted at [email protected] or @mirandabcyr on Twitter. Show your support for the Report for America program at


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