A Coffee County mother is reportedly suing the county school system over its mask mandate for students.
That woman, Heather Murchison, said the mandate prevents her son from concentrating at school, and she also said only parents can decide if their children should wear masks.
In a Facebook post last week, Murchison also said she observed a certain level of hypocrisy among the people enforcing the mandate.
“Walked into the Coffee County school board this morning! No one wearing masks! No one!!!!! Not even Dr Lawson,” Murchison wrote.
Murchison told the Memphis-based WMC Action News 5 that her son, Nico Sanfilippo, a freshman at Raider Academy in Manchester, showed up at school not wearing a mask. School officials placed him in in-school suspension.
“Murchison said she tried to get a doctor’s note, citing her son’s anxiety but said she spoke with six physicians who said they wouldn’t provide the note for political reasons,” the station reported.
“Murchison then decided to sue.”
In her lawsuit, Murchison said that, by denying her son entry into the school, the board denies him equal educational opportunities. She also said the board acted beyond the powers that state officials granted to it, the station reported.
School system officials did not appear to address the matter on their Facebook page.
According to The Tullahoma News, Director of Coffee County Schools Charles Lawson had little to say about the matter.
“The board attorney has advised that the board of education is well within their legal rights to make a mask requirement as was done at the board meeting on August 10,” Lawson reportedly said.
WMC Action News 5, meanwhile, quoted Murchison as saying she filed the suit to protect other people’s rights. The station also said that if Murchison’s lawsuit is successful it could have a ripple effect across Tennessee. The state attorney general, the station reported, has already declared the mask mandate constitutional.
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