Communications & Public Affairs
Aug. 19, 2021

Contact: State Rep. Monroe Nichols

Nichols Reacts to Governor’s Comments on Hulbert Schools

OKLAHOMA CITY — State Rep. Monroe Nichols, D-Tulsa, released the following statement in response to Gov. Kevin Stitt’s statement to ‘slam’ an Oklahoma school district that took precautions to protect their staff and students.

“The Governor has a platform to reach Oklahomans across the state. Instead of using it to plead with Oklahomans to get vaccinated, he has instead chosen to ‘slam’ a duly elected school board for taking action to protect their students and staff in the face of a deadly virus that has already claimed the lives of more than 7,600 Oklahomans. It’s time for the Governor to grow up and start leading this state through this pandemic or get out of the way.

“The greatest asset COVID has in Oklahoma is not misinformation, it’s Governor Kevin Stitt. Every week that passes where he refuses to use his platform to encourage vaccines and mask-wearing is a week we fall further behind where we could be in our fight against COVID. Oklahomans should take notice that at a time like this, their Governor did not choose to stand with schools, medical professionals, and families. He chose to risk lives because he lacked the courage to do what was right.”