Nauset High Clinic Draws Anti-Vax Protesters

By: Ryan Bray

Anti-vax protestors' vehicles at Nauset High School Friday. COURTESY PHOTO 

EASTHAM – A vaccine clinic at Nauset Regional High School Jan. 13 drew protestors to school property in the morning and afternoon.

Nauset High Principal Chris Ellsasser said that eight people protested the clinic with signs outside the main entrance before the start of school. A group of about 15 people returned in the afternoon to continue the protest, he said.

About 190 people participated in the clinic. A two-hour window was blocked off for students to receive vaccines during the day, and the clinic was opened again to the general public from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Ellsasser said.

“I think it’s a nice service for us to offer the community for those who are interested,” he told the Nauset Regional School Committee during its Jan. 13 meeting.

Ellsasser said that he and the high school’s school resource officer had conversations with the protestors, and that there were no interruptions to students or staff.

“It  was a very amicable conversation,” he said.

Interim Nauset Superintendent Brooke Clenchy said there was “regular communication” between district staff and the Eastham Police Department to make sure students and staff were safe, and that traffic at the school was cleared in time for student dismissal. 

Most who participated in the protest were members of the community, but Ellsasser said some Nauset High students also took part.

Ellsasser called students “resilient” and said they were undeterred by the protest. By 8:40 a.m., he said, it was “business as usual” at the Cable Road campus.

“I don’t think we can throw anything at them that can deter them,” he said.