Federal Judge Blocks Tennessee Ban on School Mask Mandates


Federal judge Waverly D. Crenshaw Jr. on Friday blocked the implementation of a Tennessee law that placed a ban on mask mandates in schools.

The preliminary injunction contends that the Tennessee Department of Education does not have the authority to enforce the ban.

The lawsuit, which initiated the injunction from the President Obama appointee, claims that the law passed by the Tennessee General Assembly violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In his ruling, Crenshaw outlined that the national law triumphs over the newly-imposed state law.

“As a part of the federal system, Tennessee certainly has the prerogative to enact laws protecting its citizens, but that right is limited by the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, which ‘provides a clear rule that federal law ‘shall be the supreme Law of the Land,'” Crenshaw wrote, noted by WTVF.

Multiple attempts to stop mask mandates in schools have met similar fates.

Crenshaw temporarily blocked the law last month, shortly after it was enacted.

“The injunction was misguided and the epitome of judicial overreach,” said Leader Jack Johnson, who sponsored the legislation in the Tennessee Senate, in an emailed statement at the time. “Hopefully this injunction will be temporary as the judge looks at the legislation in its entirety, including provisions to accommodate ADA students and others with special needs. The legislation provides for parental choice regarding whether or not their children should wear a mask, while accommodating those who have special needs.”

Earlier this year, Governor Bill Lee issued an executive order allowing parents to opt their children out of any mask mandates imposed by schools throughout the state.

However, federal judge J. Ronnie Greer blocked the implementation of that executive order and forced Knox County to implement a system-wide mandate.

Like the lawsuit against the new state law, the suit against Lee’s order claimed that children with various medical conditions are at risk and is limiting their ability to attend in-person classes.

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Cooper Moran is a reporter for The Star News Network. Follow Cooper on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected]





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6 Thoughts to “Federal Judge Blocks Tennessee Ban on School Mask Mandates”

  1. J W Brewer

    I assume TN will appeal to the 6th CC? I am surprised that Leftists are willing to risk this being overturned.

  2. Play communism music here 👆

  3. Kevin

    This has gotten to the point of being beyond ridiculous! Where is the Constitutionally recognized power that enables the non-existing Federal law giving the power to a local School Board to implement a mask mandate?

    The one thing that these kinds of ruling do, is further fire up Moms and Dads, who are fed up with all of the BS. The Leftist have gone too far too fast, and it’s starting to backfire!

  4. Steve Allen

    Leave it to the leftists to continue their forced march of the children of America to accept subservience to the socialist government. You liberals are the enemy of freedom and common sense.

  5. rick

    Crenshaw , the Obama Communist! FWC! “Lets Go Brandon”

  6. David Blackwell RN, BSN, CCM

    What an incredibly evil act. Hopefully, one day, when this man is laying in a hospital bed, he will have to wait hours on end, in a pile of his own, waiting for some overworked, young nurse to bring him pain medicine and clean him up. Mask have never been shown to stop the spread of aerosolized virus particulate. In fact, there is a legal disclaimer stating the same on the box. These mask folks are evil and demented.