To the editor:

A few days ago, I went to get some items at a local convenience store. When I pulled up there were a group of children congregated around the entrance. I don't think they meant to be rude about social distancing; they just didn't understand.

But as I entered, a teenager, noting I was wearing a mask, thought it would be funny to cough in my face on the way in. It was clearly purposeful, as he laughed and joked with his companion afterward about the "dude wearing a mask."

I have to interact with two elderly people and my wife is a nurse. I do not wear a mask to protect myself, but to protect others. I sincerely hope that parents will educate their young people about how serious this crisis is. As an educator, it breaks my heart that these young people were so thoughtless.

Joseph Brusberg


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