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Florida parents file legal challenges to Gov. DeSantis’ order barring school mask mandates

Florida parents, including those of students with disabilities, have filed legal challenges to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order barring mask mandates in schools.

The lawsuits, filed in state and federal court, come as Florida is experiencing a surge of new COVID cases, largely driven by the Delta variant. Attorney Barry Silver filed one of the lawsuits on behalf of his client, a father of three who has one child who is currently ineligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and has a history of childhood asthma, CNN reported.

“Florida is among the states with the highest number of Covid-19 victims in the country, and the number of afflicted people is growing rapidly. The danger to Plaintiff and his children and all others they come into contact with is severe, unreasonable, and growing by the day,” the suit states, pointing to Florida’s state constitution, which says that “adequate provision shall be made by law for a uniform, efficient, safe, secure, and high-quality system of free public schools.”

The second lawsuit was filed on behalf of the parents of school-aged children across Florida and argues that the state’s constitution guarantees a safe school environment and provides counties with the ability to govern themselves. “They are framing this as a parent choice issue when this is really a public health issue,” Charles Gallagher, an attorney involved in the case, told CNN.

Florida has reported over 2.7 million COVID-19 cases so far and currently has an average seven-day positivity rate of between 20 and 25 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: LOCAL10.COM

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