Tragedy struck when an 18-year-old Illinois teen died by suicide over the coronavirus lockdown instituted by Gov. JB Pritzker. His heart-broken mother is now suing the Democrat lawmaker. She was holding back the tears as she told Fox News’ Harris Faulkner on Thursday that, “My son died because of COVID isolation.”
Lisa Mara Moore’s teenaged son Trevor Till loved sports. He dreamed of going to the state championships in pole vaulting during his senior year but was unable to live out that dream because of coronavirus-mandated restrictions. He took his own life in October. His mother is certain that the lockdown “changed Trevor from who he was to the person that did this.”
Moore is not alone. Other parents are suing Pritzker as well concerning his edict to nix the winter high school sports season. They are also suing the Illinois High School Association,
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the parents of three other student-athletes joined Moore in recounting how their kids suffered “severe emotional and physical harm” because of the directive by Pritzker. The Sun-Times also noted that the lawsuit contends that the governor’s cancellation “is an unconstitutional violation of the Plaintiffs’ right to equal protection under the Constitution of the State of Illinois.”
(Source: Fox News)
Moore is the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit. She proudly recounted to “The Faulkner Focus” on Thursday how her son “was an all-around awesome boy,” how he excelled in school, and how he was part of the speech team as well as the cross country team at Seneca High School.
Reportedly, the lawsuit states: “Trevor was devastated that he didn’t have his senior year track and pole vaulting season” and that ‘‘the final blow was when winter sports were canceled. Trevor committed suicide on October 21, 2020, a proximate cause of which was Governor Pritzker’s restrictions on high school sports programs.”
Moore feels that Pritzker bears most of the responsibility here for the tragedy and that is what the lawsuit put forth.
Similar responses from parents are brewing across the nation as many are angry that schools won’t reopen even though there is allegedly little chance that students will spread the virus. Las Vegas, Nevada has seen a monstrous uptick in students who are at risk of suicide. Moore’s son is one more casualty in the lockdown saga.
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“He truly enjoyed being at school,” Moore stated. “That’s where his heart and soul was.”
“He was an awesome brother. He was an awesome son. He was my person,” the grieving mother told Faulkner. “I miss him so much.”
As with so many cases of suicide, Moore noticed that her son changed before he took his life and those changes progressed as the weeks of lockdown dragged on.
“He’s a teenage boy. They need their friends. They need the interaction. They need the socialization,” she declared. “He was that student in the classroom that raised his hand, got the conversations going. Doing that from Zoom, doing that from his bedroom, it was not the same feeling for him.”
“I saw him started to get just a little depressed,” she added.
The Seneca Community lost an amazing young man. Recent grad Trevor Till was a kind young man with so many talents. Trevor was a great competitor that had a tremendous work ethic. He will be greatly missed. Keep his family and the SHS community in your thoughts and prayers. pic.twitter.com/MBgn1Ai5Sy
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Laura Grochocki is the attorney for the band of parents who are going after Pritzker. She was on the interview with Moore and said, “Unfortunately, in Illinois and I think in many, many other places, I think the elites in power, they’ve dismissed high school students.” She also claimed that “this is a clear violation of the equal protection rights of high school students in Illinois.”
The attorney did not stop there. She pointed out that professional and college sports have been allowed to go on as usual during the pandemic “because they’re rich and powerful,” but in regards to high schools, “the state has classified basketball and football and wrestling and Frisbee as high-risk sports and have canceled them until very, very recently.”
“I think there’s something amiss here that high school students have been treated and discriminated against, which is why we filed this,” she concluded.
Pritzker justified his actions at a daily briefing last month: “Professional sports and college sports have significant resources for protecting their players. For creating social distance, for example, by having multiple locker rooms; by making sure they have plexiglass everywhere that they need to separate the players; to test them on a much more regular basis than an individual high school or district could afford. That’s why there is a difference.”
That did not sit well with these parents.
Moore teared up while advising other parents on watching their children during the lockdown: “I tell parents helicopter the heck out of your kids, watch them, watch for any change, any slight change in their behavior, make opportunities for them to see their friends, do whatever you have to.”
“I don’t want any other mother or father or parent or sibling to have to go through this,” she said. “It’s horrific.”
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