Florida judge strips power from parents, hands it to tyrants, ends DeSantis’ ban on school mask mandates

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ attempt to protect families from tyrannical school board officials has fallen flat, sadly, thanks to a ruling by a circuit court known for making “political” decisions.

Leon County Circuit Judge John C. Cooper ruled during a virtual hearing Friday against the governor’s ban on mask mandates, according to Jacksonville station WJXT.

The ban on mask mandates was instituted in late July to protect families from school board officials who’re hellbent on forcing children to mask up at school,

To be clear, the policy didn’t mean families couldn’t mask up their children. It simply removed the mandate, meaning that families had a choice in the matter. But according to Cooper, offering that choice was somehow unconstitutional.

“The law expressly permits school boards to adopt policies regarding the healthcare of students such as a face mask mandate even if a parent disagrees with that policy,” he reportedly ruled, meaning school officials like the tyrants seen below will now get the final say.

“I conclude that this evidence demonstrates that facemask policies that follow CDC guidance are, at this point in time, reasonable and consistent with the best scientific and medical and public opinion guidance at this time,” Cooper reportedly added.

Plenty of experts, scientists and countries — yes, countries — disagree that forcing children to wear masks in school is “reasonable.”

“[M]any European and developed countries have decided against recommending masks for young children in schools or other public settings,” according to a Fox News report published Tuesday.

The list of countries/territories includes the European Union, the Netherlands, England, Iceland, Norway, Scotland, Switzerland, Denmark, etc.

“The U.K. has always, from the beginning, emphasized they do not see a place for face coverings for children if it’s avoidable,” Dr. Shamez Ladhani, a pediatric infectious-disease specialist at St. George’s Hospital in London, said to The New York Times for a story published Friday.

According to Ladhani, the negative effects of children wearing masks far exceeds any potential benefits because the ability for children to be able to see one another’s faces is “important for the social development and interaction between people.”

That sounds remarkably reasonable — and in line with the science:

Cooper nevertheless defended his dubious ruling.

“The judge … noted that two Florida Supreme Court decisions from 1914 and 1939 found that individual rights are limited by their impact on the rights of others,” according to WJXT.

“For example, he said, adults have the right to drink alcohol but not to drive drunk. There is a right to free speech, but not to harass or threaten others or yell “fire” in a crowded theater,” the station noted.

In other words, according to Cooper, parents having the choice of whether or not to mask their children is equivalent to people driving drunk or yelling “fire” in a crowded theater. Is this supposed to be reasonable?

“We don’t have that right because exercising the right in that way is harmful or potentially harmful to other people,” he reportedly said.

The judge’s remarkable ruling provoked two types of reactions — dismay and disgust from Republicans, and celebration and cockiness from Democrats like Nikki Fried, the radically far-left zealot running against DeSantis in the 2022 gubernatorial race:

In a statement, a DeSantis spokesperson said Cooper had “rule[d] against parents’ rights and their ability to make the best educational and medical decisions for their family … in favor of elected politicians.”

“This ruling was made with incoherent justifications, not based in science and facts – frankly not even remotely focused on the merits of the case presented,” the spokesperson added.

DeSantis intends to “immediately appeal” the ruling and is “confident” the appeal “will prevail” because this isn’t the first time he’s gone up against Cooper.

“We are used to the Leon County Circuit Court not following the law and getting reversed on appeal, which is exactly what happened last year in the school reopening case,” according to the spokesperson.

This is true.

“An appeals court on Friday issued a win for state education leaders, reversing a lower court ruling and declaring there was nothing improper about the state order that pushed campuses to be open in August for students whose parents wanted them back in ‘brick and mortar’ schools,” the Orlando Sentinel reported last October.

The Leon County Circuit Court who ruled against the state in late August made a ‘political’ decision and had wrongly ruled the reopening order was unconstitutional, the appeals court judges said,” according to the Sentinel.

A political decision. You don’t say …

All this comes only days after tyrannical school board officials in Palm Beach County ordered police to arrest a parent for the supposed crime of standing. Yes, standing.

Does this seem “reasonable” to you?


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