A woman who some have been calling a teacher online posted a TikTok video gleefully and profanely celebrating a judge issuing a temporary restraining order that gives school districts the ability to enforce mask mandates.
The unnamed woman asked someone off-camera, “So did you hear about the federal court ruling today in Iowa?” He responded, “No.”
She then implied she was a board member and gloated, “We can do mask mandates now. Local control has been restored and the judge references two affidavits written by Iowa school board members in the federal court case that was filed from the ACLU, and guess who one of the board members is?”
The man asks, “Is it you?”
The woman then starts profanely singing, “Go bad b**ch, go bad b**ch, go bad b**ch!”
(Video Credit: TikTok | @justadayinthesuburbs)
(According to Iowa Association of School Boards, school employees earning more than $6,000 per fiscal year from the school district would have to resign the position before serving on a school board. The Iowa Legislature granted a temporary exception for bus drivers, substitute teachers and para educators in 2021.)
U.S. District Court Judge Robert Pratt issued the temporary restraining order on Monday following a lawsuit by a group of Iowa parents of students with disabilities. The lawsuit contends that Iowa Code section 280.31 violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act. The parents claim their children were being denied equal access to education without universal masking because they are at higher risk of contracting COVID.
Iowa joined seven other states in May and passed a law that bans school districts from creating mask mandates.
Gov. Kim Reynolds declared that the state of Iowa will appeal the temporary restraining order that green-lights school districts enforcing mask mandates.
“A federal judge unilaterally overturned a state law, ignored the decision by our elected legislature, and took away parents’ ability to decide what’s best for their child. We will appeal and exercise every legal option we have to uphold state law and defend the rights and liberties afforded to any American citizen protected by our constitution,” Reynolds asserted.
The judge’s ruling reportedly only applies to Iowa school districts. The law still prevents local governments, such as cities and counties, from issuing mask mandates.
The Des Moines school district immediately reinstated the mask mandate after the ruling.
Des Moines is first Iowa school district to issue mask mandate after federal judge issued temp injunction today. pic.twitter.com/11DSCp3Yck
— O. Kay Henderson (@okayhenderson) September 13, 2021
The U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is investigating whether laws in Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah discriminate against students with disabilities according to NBC News.
“The Department has heard from parents from across the country — particularly parents of students with disabilities and with underlying medical conditions — about how state bans on universal indoor masking are putting their children at risk and preventing them from accessing in-person learning equally,” Education Secretary Miguel Cardona remarked in a statement. “It’s simply unacceptable that state leaders are putting politics over the health and education of the students they took an oath to serve.”
Brian Symmes, who is the communications director for South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, called the investigation part of the Biden administration’s overreaching attempt “to force a radical liberal agenda on states and people who disagree with them.”
“Under South Carolina law, anybody who wants to wear a mask – in a school setting or elsewhere – is free to do so, but the governor isn’t going to ignore a parent’s fundamental right to make health decisions for their children,” Symmes told NBC News.
All five states that are getting letters are headed by Republican governors. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds flat out accused the administration of trying to “pick a political fight.”
“In Iowa, we will continue to support individual liberty over government mandates,” she made clear in a statement.
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