Parents Sue RI Governor Over School Mask Mandate

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“The suit calls for the court to strike down Rhode Island’s requirement that all schools have universal indoor masking policies.”

September 17, 2021 | Patch Staff | Source

“PROVIDENCE, RI — More than a dozen Rhode Islanders are suing Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee, claiming his executive order requiring masks in schools is unconstitutional.

The suit, filed in Providence Superior Court on Thursday, calls for the court to strike down the governor’s order, which requires that all school districts implement universal indoor masking policies.

One of the plaintiffs, Richard Southwell, said the policy was a “disappointment” for his seventh grade son, who was previously “thrilled” to be going back to school in person.

“My wife and I feel very strongly that wearing a mask for prolonged periods of time is unhealthy for our son,” Southwell wrote in the complaint. “To us, the brain’s constant need for oxygen is pretty compelling science, and we’re puzzled as to why it’s being ignored.”


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