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Jefferson County parent appeals school mask lawsuit to Alabama Supreme Court

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A Jefferson County parent appealed a lawsuit after his son, McAdory High School wrestler and student, was sent home for refusing a shirt. mask.

Adam Waldrop filed his September lawsuit claiming that the Jefferson County Board of Education had exceeded its authority and asked him to commit child abuse through making his student wear a shirt. mask.

Waldrop explained in an attached document that his son was a McAdory wrestler. He was unable to change schools based upon this. maskHis athletic career could not be affected by these requirements. He claimed that controversy over school masking was affecting his son’s ability to compete in state wrestling competitions. Waldrop claimed he was “irreparably harmed”The decision.

“My child happens to be quite capable of deciding for himself whether to wear a mask,”Waldrop wrote. He made the decision and informed school administrators. He was dismissed from school. Administration has communicated its interpretation of the facts saying ’My son’s willful act of self-protection is being treated as an act of truancy.’”

Waldrop requested that schools stop masking be stopped. He made several claims, which many educational, legal and medical experts have dismissed as unfounded. maskThese requirements are in violation of laws governing scientific experiments, informed and medical devices. masksThey can be dangerous for children.

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In a response filed with the court, the school board’s attorney wrote that Waldrop was not specific about any harm done to him or his son, beyond stating his belief that masksThese are dangerous.

Neither the school district nor Waldrop offered additional details around the student’s dismissal from school in court filings. Waldrop’s attorney did not return a request for comment.

The school district also stated, “Officers have the authority to order.” masksAfter talking to federal, state, local officials about the benefits, he decided to do so. masksHelping to stop the spread COVID-19.

The district pointed to the fact that an Alabama judge has already ruled in favour of school mask mandates, and argued that, similar to that judge’s prior order, stopping a school system’s maskRequirement “would place a greater burden on the Board and the public that outweighs the benefit of a plaintiff’s preference to attend in-person learning without a facial covering.”

Judge Brendette green dismissed the case, stating that Waldrop had not met procedural requirements. She also found Waldrop hadn’t explained how masking had harmed him or his son, which was what prevented the district from requiring Waldrop to explain. maskscould “result in an increase of the spread of COVID-19 in Jefferson County, mandatory quarantines related to COVID-19 exposure, possible deaths and school closures.”

She agreed with the district’s position that possible effects of COVID spread, unchecked by mask-wearing, were greater than an individual family’s request not to wear a mask.

Attorney William McGowen III, in an appeal to the state Supreme Court filed Sept. 24, stated that he wanted the appellate judges to determine whether school districts have the authority to suspend students or declare them truant because they refuse to wear it. masks.

In an August court appearance for a different case, when asked by a judge, McGowen couldn’t provide any specifics about children in Alabama schools who had faced “irreparable harm” due to mask-wearing.

An earlier court case concerning maskAlabama’s state Supreme Court ruled that plaintiffs failed to prove they were actually harmed by wearing the garments. masks or that they had been threatened with any punitive action if they did not comply with the state’s public health order.

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