NEW JERSEY — A Stafford Township School District nurse found it extremely hard to witness children wearing masks all day long in school. Her conviction became too strong to continue to keep quiet on the matter. 

When she decided to do something about it, she got suspended from her job in the Stafford School district. 

Nurse Erin Pein has been suspended without pay since April 20 because she was advocating against the use of masks on children.  She also chose not to wear her mask at work because of her convictions. 

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“I came to the realization that just voicing my concerns wasn’t going to make a difference, so I decided to let my district know that I was not going to be compliant with mask wearing for myself anymore,” Erin said.

“I wanted to make a statement to get their attention that masking kids for six to seven hours a day is wrong.  I knew what the consequences would most likely be, and I still wanted to spread the word about how harmful these masks all day are for the students.”

Many people have rallied and supported Pein. There is a protest being planned for the next Stafford Township Elementary District's Board of Education meeting on May 10.  Her decision to contest the mask policy has resulted in a large following on social media networks. 

“Many people are ready to speak up and fight against these ineffective and harmful masks. We are supposed to protect these kids, and they need a voice,” continued Pein. 

“I want to continue to speak out about the harmfulness of these masks, I want to make a difference for these kids who need a voice.  I am also concerned about the mental health of the students as well. These masks are damaging a generation. Our kids. If the masks worked at preventing COVID, that would be great, but they unfortunately do not.”

Pein posted a video on her Facebook page which she says illustrates the proper techniques for mask wearing. 

Masks were never meant to be worn for hours at a time. It’s dangerous. I am happy to stand for this cause. Our kids deserve to breathe easy, their mental and physical health is important to me. I hope somehow this makes a difference. 

Her mission is to encourage parents to stand up for their children and assist in stopping the use of masks which do not provide any benefit and are in fact harmful, she said.

Pein has been suspended without pay by the Stafford Township Superintendent of Schools, George Chidiac. 

TAPinto reached out to Chidiac, and he responded by providing a statement from Martin J. Buckley, Board of Education attorney. 

Mr. Sharkey,

I represent the Stafford Board of Education. As such, I was forwarded your correspondence from the superintendent. The matter you referenced is a personnel matter. Therefore, neither myself nor any member of the board of education or administration can discuss it. There will be no comment at this time.

Martin J Buckley , Esquire

The story is gaining much interest around New Jersey.  NJ Republican Governor candidate Hirsh Singh has promised his support for Erin Pein and will be attending the Board of Education meeting on May 10 according to his statement on his Facebook page. 

Here is a video of Erin testifying to her experience on Singh's page.


Video courtesy of Hirsh Singh, candidate for NJ Governor. 


Below is a flyer developed by supporters of Nurse Pein.  The group is planning a rally before the next Board of Education meeting on Monday, May 10. 


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