EL CENTRO – Some say a face covering – more commonly called a mask – is simply an effective device to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Others see it as a gateway to tyranny and a direct threat to their children.

“To me the mask was the last straw. Critical race theory. Common Core. I tried Catholic schools (for his children). Sacred Heart (in Brawley) required a mask,” said Gilberto Gonzalez, 39, of Imperial.

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