Mother and father plan lawsuit over masks requirement – CBS Denver

PARKER, Colorado (CBS4) – Some parents are suing the Tri-County Health Department over its mask mandate. The issue is whether teachers and administrators can be arrested, charged and prosecuted, not just when they don’t wear masks themselves in school, but when their students don’t wear masks.

The headmaster of Littleton Public Schools told school boards last week they could face criminal charges if the mask mandate is not enforced.

(Credit: CBS)

Tri-County Health says if educators fail to enforce the mandate, it is a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine of $ 5,000.

“I’m not an anti-masker. I support everything we can do. I oppose using teachers’ power against their will, against the will of the children, and against the will of the people, ”said Tara Kohl, whose son is in a third grade at Pine Grove Elementary School in Parker.

She is one of ten parents suing Tri-County Health after teachers at her son’s school refused to let him in unless he was wearing a mask.

(Credit: CBS)

“There were about 30 children behind him. His friends, our neighbors, people who are important to him. He was humiliated in front of everyone. My son crouched crying in the corner and covered his face, ”said Kohl.

Kohl says Tri-County Health is to blame for what she calls a culture of fear and intimidation. It is the public health system, she says, has turned teachers into law enforcement.

“I don’t expect teachers and principals to risk their jobs for something like this. It is completely inappropriate. “

Attorney George Brauchler says it’s also illegal. He is filing a lawsuit on behalf of the parents.

“The idea that we make parents and teachers enforcers of this order at the risk of their own freedom is not American. We are now threatening people with the strongest powers of government to lock you up and take your liberty for them to abide by. “

(Credit: CBS)

Tri-County Health allows a medical mask exemption with a medical certificate, but Kohl says her son has no illness, has difficulty breathing, and gets bloody noses when wearing a mask. She says the real question is whether teachers should force him, and in some cases she says, shaming him, to wear a mask.

“I think we have to get up now when it comes to masks and when everyone agrees that teachers shouldn’t be in the line of fire in this scenario.”

John Kellner, the 18th district attorney, says there is a possibility of criminal charges, but his office has not yet received any law enforcement referrals.

“As in any case, we can only examine each potential case on the merits and judge whether we can and should prove beyond doubt every element of a potential charge before a charge is brought.”

Comments are closed.