Dozens of Chicago-area high school students staged a walkout on Monday after being told they had to wear masks to attend class — even though an Illinois judge issued a temporary ruling that blocks the state’s school mask mandate.

The maskless students arrived at Vernon Hills High School and Libertyville High School to protest the mask mandates in their schools.

Libertyville High School students who refused to wear masks were told they had to stay in the gym or go home.

Students at both schools were escorted to their gymnasiums when they arrived unmasked. Students at Vernon Hills High School were given three options: Mask up, remain in the gym for the rest of the day, or leave.

They eventually trickled out of the school after refusing to don the face masks:

The students said in a joint statement posted on Twitter (in part):

“Most of us in this group have spent most of our high school lives behind these masks. We believe it is time for this to end.

We want to be free of these masks. We want to see each other’s faces. We want to bring back a sense of normalcy and enjoy what is left of our high school years.

Their walkout came as Illinois’ attorney general appealed Sangamon County Circuit Judge Raylene Grischow’s ruling last week that invalidated Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s school mask mandate.

The judge ruled Friday that the Democratic governor had overstepped his authority in an emergency order that had required students and staff to wear face coverings.

Her ruling, which affected more than 150 school districts, came after more than 700 parents filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s mask mandate.

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