Former Disney Channel star Leigh-Allyn Baker made a controversial speech protesting mask mandates at a Williamson County Board of Education meeting in Franklin, Tennessee.

A clip of the Good Luck Charlie actress attempting to obstruct the protocol’s passing went viral on Twitter.

The 49-year-old woman stood behind the podium and addressed the board of education. “My name is Leigh-Allyn Baker, and I’m a California refugee,” she said. “I gave up everything there: a really successful Hollywood career, television shows. I gave it all up for freedom and to come to this friendly place in Tennessee and be greeted with open arms, and I love it here.”

Baker continued her impassioned display. “I wanted to tell you that I have two vax-injured children, and they have medical exemptions after the seizures and the hospitalizations after all of their immunizations. I was granted, obviously, a medical exemption,” she stated.

Baker, who also had recurring roles on Will & Grace and Charmed, said that her children “will just not be able to get” the COVID-19 vaccine, and she “would never put them in a mask because their brain needs oxygen to grow, which the neurologists can confirm.”

She referred to the meeting and the discussion of mask protocols as a “clown show” and added that she listened to the authority of “the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the Federalist Papers and also the Bible.” “These guarantee my freedom and yours and our children’s to breathe oxygen,” she continued.

The mandate ended up passing in spite of Baker’s best efforts and was met with heckling from a few of the meeting’s attendees.

Before it did so, however, another parent, Jennifer King, spoke. She identified herself as a pediatrician. “As a pediatric ICU physician, we are seeing more younger, previously healthy children admitted with respiratory failure and acute respiratory distress syndrome. This trend will only worsen if we don’t act now,” she warned.

With the COVID-19 vaccine not yet approved for children under 12, the Delta variant presents a new risk for younger populations, who are showing increasingly serious symptoms.

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