BREMEN, Ind. — A long time Bremen High School Cross Country coach lost his coaching job following a speech he gave about the negative impact of masks on children at a Bremen School Board meeting. Eric Hudson gave the speech at a meeting on February 16th. He announced this weekend that he will no longer be coaching at Bremen High School because of his masking stance. He coached at Bremen Schools for 11 years.
“I want to make sure that we are really keeping the kids’ welfare at hand… we have to look at the safety, but we also have to look at the mental health.” Hudson said at the meeting. “I’ve seen kids break down because of the masks. I’ve seen kids that it’s hard for them to perform because of the mental anguish.”
“It’s time ladies and gentlemen. We have to shed these things.” Hudson continued. “Let the parents decide.”
“I’m drawing a line in the sand.” Hudson ended. “I cannot continue to coach this way. I’m not quitting… This is for you and the administration to handle. I am not going to enforce masks. I am not going to wear a mask anymore.”
Two months later, Hudson posted a video on his own Facebook page explaining he is no longer coaching.
“Those statements have cost my job.” Hudson said in the video. “If you have convictions. If you have beliefs. If you’re not willing to jeopardize things for those beliefs and those convictions, they were never convictions or beliefs to start with.”
Hudson then breaks down a timeline of the events, claiming after the February 16th, meeting, he didn’t hear from any administrators for nearly two months. It wasn’t until about a week and a half ago that he was contacted by the administration where they scheduled a meeting. At that meeting, Hudson claims he told administrators he would not retract his statement and was sticking by what he said.
Two to three days later, Hudson reiterated that he would not coach if the masks were to come back.
“So, that’s where we are today.” Hudson said. “I have not animosity. I am not angry. Because, those are convictions… I have to be willing to take the sword for those convictions.”
You can watch that statement in the two video clips below.
Several parents plan to attend the Board of School Trustees’ next meeting to show support for Hudson. That meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20th, at 6:30pm.
RNM reached out to Bremen Public Schools Superintendent, Jim White, for comment. As of publication, we have not received a response.
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