Mason Peoples is one young man that unquestionably follows his mother’s instructions. The six-year-old didn’t remove his mask for school pictures.

Photo Credit: Dorian Studios/Mario Peoples

“We had a conversation at the beginning of school about the importance of safety and how germs can be spread if he didn’t have his mask on, so he makes sure to have it on at all times,” Nicole Peoples said in an interview with CNN. “My son actually lost four teeth within the last few weeks to a month, so he was so proud of his smile.”


Although Mason practiced his smile over and over, he covered it up on the big day and politely said to the photographer, “…’No thank you, my mom told me I can’t,'” Mason told CNN.

The adorable Las Vegas first grader went on to say that, “My mom said to keep it on all the time unless I’m eating and far away from everybody.”

Mason’s mom said that her son is unquestionably a rule-follower.

“He’s very proud (and) he loves to show me how he’s followed the rules so that’s why he was so excited to come home and tell me about that picture story,” Mason’s mom said.

She went on to tell CNN that her grandfather, who was like a father, died in January from Covid-19.

“He was a very significant part of our life our daily life, so Mason was impacted, they’ve seen it firsthand. So that experience really makes Mason want to wear his mask and know that it’s protecting not only him but other people, his elders and other people around him.”

However, Mason is not alone in wanting to keep his mask on for school pictures this year. According to Matthew Comfort, branch manager for Dorian Studio, the photography studio that took Mason’s school photo many students are doing the same as Mason.

“We’ve taken hundreds and hundreds of students this fall wearing their masks,” Comfort told Good Morning America. “It’s not an isolated incident.”


Lots of people wanted to congratulate Mason on remaining steadfast and following his mother’s rules. So, she set up a GoFundMe page with a goal of $7. At the time of publication, Mason’s GoFundMe total has exceeded $26,000, which his mother has earmarked for college.

Mason, we are proud of you! Keep listening to mom.

Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva

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