Judge says mask mandates can continue in Missouri schools

  • Doyle Murphy
  • Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmidt’s lawsuit against public schools continues, but with losses.

Schools can continue to require their students to conceal what they deem appropriate for the time being, today’s judge ruled in court against Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmidt.

Boone County Judge Brock Jacobs rejected Schmidt’s attempts to expand the lawsuit against all Missouri school districts with mask mandates, as well as dismissing the initial injunction against mask mandates in affected school districts. This means schools can continue to require masks while the lawsuit is in court.

Most public schools in the county and city of St. Louis are under a mask mandate, as required by their district. Many schools in the St. Charles area have also implemented masking requirements. The attorney general will have to file individual lawsuits against school districts if he wishes to continue his studies against mask mandates in public schools.

Michelle Boomstark, a spokeswoman for Columbia Public Schools, told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch In an email stating that the district was “delighted” with Jacobs’ rulings, she wrote that “today was a good day for Missouri.”

“Columbia Public Schools will continue to advocate for our district’s ability to implement recommended mitigation measures to keep school scholars, teachers, and staff safe,” Bomstark wrote.

Schmidt sued Columbia Public Schools and more than 50 schools late last month. The lawsuit repeatedly cited “science” as a reason to end the concealment requirement, yet several people contested his claims. local health leaders.

However, in a small victory for Schmidt, the judge denied Columbia Public Schools’ request to dismiss the lawsuit.

Chris Noel, a spokesperson for the attorney general’s office, issued a statement following the ruling.

“Our lawsuit against the enforced disappearance of school children will continue,” the statement read. “We plan to aggressively pursue the discovery in this case to show how bureaucrats have constantly moved targets to justify never-ending restrictions and hide mandates—the people in this state have had enough, and we plan to continue searching for answers.”

Noel also vowed that “the battle is not over yet.”

It was a strong tree previously said the RFT In an email stating that the decision to hide the students was not “a decision forever,” but one that was implemented to keep children safe during the pandemic. The total number of COVID-19 cases in patients nineteen years of age and younger has been more than 5,000 in Columbia City Since the case has been filed – an increase from the 4,625 previously reported.

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