In a recent St. Louis radio interview, Governor Parson said kids will get the coronavirus when they go to school but they will get over it. His comments have sparked criticism statewide and nationally.
Parson started off a press conference Wednesday by bringing up the topic.
Parson added that anyone who has followed his career knows where he stands.
Parson pointed out that his daughter is a teacher and he has five grandchildren attending public schools.
State Auditor Nicole Galloway, a Democratic candidate for governor, said Parson’s comments displayed “stunning ignorance” and said the virus does not stop with children.
A statement from Missouri National Education Association President Phil Murray says Parson’s comments demonstrate “a callous disregard for the suffering of children and the safety of the parents, grandparents, educators, and students that will be put at risk if schools are reopened with improper plans and protections.”