Dozens of Naperville Central High School students staged a maskless “walk-in” Wednesday morning to protest the mask mandate in Naperville Unit District 203.

Blocked by staff members from entering classrooms without a mask, the students said they first gathered in the cafeteria before being led into the auditorium. The students said about 60 of them were part of the initial group, but additional students joined them during the first couple of periods of the day.

The protest was in reaction to district officials keeping a mask requirement in place, despite last week’s court ruling against the mandate issued by Gov. J.B. Pritzker. Officials from Naperville 203 — one of more than 140 school districts named as a defendant in the lawsuit — said they’ll adhere to the judge’s order only for the specific plaintiffs listed in the lawsuit.

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