Missouri’s A.G. Eric Schmitt got thousands of emails from angry parents complaining about school districts that went against a state court order to stop quarantine and mask mandates in schools.
On November 24, a Cole County Circuit Court judge said that mandated masking broke Missouri’s Constitution and its rules on separation of powers. Schmitt wrote an email shortly after as he thinks the court ruling says school health restrictions will be “null and void.”
“Parents are asked to email their videos, photos documents, and other supporting details,” Schmitt said in a media comment.
Schmitt’s office said that the inbox got over 7,500 emails from worried parents and students. The A.G.’s office filed 53 cease and desist legal orders in reply to school districts that allegedly did not comply with the Circuit Court ruling.
Schmitt took to Twitter to discuss the complaints submitted to his email. In one report, a high school junior from Columbia Public Schools spoke about pressure to keep wearing his mask on his school grounds.
“I am a Junior from Columbia Public Schools,” the complaint says. “I have tried not wearing my mask and every time I get ordered to put it back on. I have to wear one to keep from being sent home.”
UPDATE: Below is one of the many complaints received from a Rockwood parent, and a letter our office sent to the Superintendent demanding they cease & desist enforcement. Please continue to provide us with more information by emailing [email protected] #NoMoreMandates pic.twitter.com/44ULEFNuwd
— Attorney General Eric Schmitt (@AGEricSchmitt) December 8, 2021
Another complaint says a female high schooler was forced to use a mask and sit in a “segregated lunch” table as a form of semi-quarantine.
“My daughter was said to be a close contact of a positive coronavirus case and is on a quarantine, being forced to use a mask and being publicly shamed by being forced to eat a segregated lunch … by being made to sit on stage at a table in front of all her peers,” the complaint says.
— Attorney General Eric Schmitt (@AGEricSchmitt) December 9, 2021
“After getting this information, we mailed 52 cease and desist legal letters to school districts in the state, ordering them to cease enforcing mask rules and quarantine orders to come under further legal actions from our office,” a spokesperson for Schmitt said. “Since those letters were released, a number of school either rescinded or will rescind their mask and quarantine rules.”
A spokesperson for Schmitt said he plans to issue lawsuits against school districts that continue to enforce quarantine and mask orders starting in January.
Author: Steven Sinclaire