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Minnesota surgeon fired after telling a local school board that only parents should decide whether their children wore masks or not

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Minnesota surgeon fired after telling a local school board that only parents should decide whether their children wore masks or not

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  • A Minnesota surgeon told a school board that parents should decide whether or not their children wear masks.

  • “It’s still their responsibility. It’s not yours,” said Dr Jeffrey Horak, opposing a mask warrant.

  • Horak said he was fired nine days later without explanation.

A Minnesota surgeon was fired after speaking at a school board meeting and said parents should be the ones who should decide whether or not their children wear masks, KOMO News reported.

At an Oct. 11 meeting in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, Dr. Jeffrey Horak spoke out against the district’s mask mandate.

“Who did God put in charge of these children? Their parents,” Horak said at the meeting, KOMO News reported. “God gave each of these children to their parents and they speak up for them. They can be wrong, they can be stupid, they can be perfect in their decisions. But it’s still their responsibility. It’s not yours. , God gave it to them, honor their wishes – on either side of the fence. “

In a statement on his Facebook page, Horak said that nine days after making the comments, his employer, Lake Region Healthcare, told him his views were “no longer in line” with theirs and asked him to resign or terminate. ‘to be fired.

“I was not given any reason and I was not aware of any issues or complaints about me,” Horak said in his statement.

He added: “We live in America where freedoms are narrow. I am a man who believes that individuals have the right to do their research and decide what is best for them and their children when it comes to their health. “I don’t believe governments or institutions should dictate that. It’s a position I’ve always taken. And when science doesn’t make sense, it’s hard for me to follow.”

Lake Region Healthcare did not respond to Insider’s request for comment at the time of publication, but in a statement to KVRR, they were not the ones who fired Horak.

“Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) is not Dr Horak’s employer. Dr Horak is part of the Lake Region Medical Group (LRMG), the provider partnership with which LRH contracts. Dr Horak was placed by LRMG for services to LRH under our Professional Services Agreement. To be clear, in this case, the LRMG Board of Directors made the decision to discontinue the practice of Dr. Horak, not LRH. Reasons for any separation are between Dr Horak and LRMG, ”the hospital said.

Horak did not respond to Insider’s request for comment at time of posting.

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