MN Parent Group Sues to Force Statewide School Mask Mandate
St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - An advocacy group has filed a lawsuit requesting a court order requiring Governor Tim Walz to declare a new peacetime emergency in Minnesota.
A news release issued by Parents Advocating for Safe Schools, or PASS, says the lawsuit was filed Friday in Ramsey County Court in an effort to force the state to implement a mandatory mask policy for public schools. The group says it is legal argument is based on a provision of the Minnesota Constitution, while also citing aspects of the Minnesota Human Rights Act.
The lawsuit contends the Education Clause in the Minnesota Constitution establishes a fundamental right to an adequate education and that includes a right to attend schools that are safe. The group's news release points to an occurrence in the Albert Lea School District, which started the school year without a mask mandate and after the first week of classes reported several dozen COVID-19 cases that resulted in nearly 300 students having to be quarantined.
"We believe that mandatory masking is essential to the safety, health, and well-being of our children, as well as staff members at schools, and those visiting school sites," said Winona physician Dr. Loucresie Rupert, who is among the Minnesota parents involved in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit requests an immediate court injunction requiring the implementation of a statewide mask mandate. Ramsey County court officials have yet to schedule a hearing on the lawsuit.
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