Ron DeSantis Says Parents Should Be Able To Sue If Their Kids Were Forced To Mask In Schools
On Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said that school districts who defied the state’s ban on mandatory masking shouldn’t necessarily be penalized, but rather that parents should be able to sue if their children suffered from negative effects due to forced masking.
DeSantis made his remarks during a speech in Florida’s Jackson County.
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DeSantis: ‘Any parent whose kid was illegally force-masked this year in Florida’ should be able to sue schools
Speaking from Jackson County, DeSantis discussed state legislation which could result in 12 school districts losing $200 million collectively for ignoring the state’s action against forced masking in schools over parental objections.
The governor said, “My view on that is, rather than take money that may penalize a teacher or student because of the actions of some union-controlled school board member, my view would be let’s not do that.”
“But what you could do is say, any parent whose kid was illegally force-masked this year in Florida, any of those districts, they should have the right to sue if their kids have any negative effects of it,” DeSantis added.
DeSantis then discussed possible negative effects of masking kids, like cited speech problems, or emotional and physical issues.
“They flouted the law, and they should be liable for the consequences of their actions,” DeSantis said of the school districts that defied state law. “And so if the legislature goes down that route, I think that would be very beneficial.”
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DeSantis on mask mandate policies: ‘They want to do certain things to control the Americans’
Earlier in the week, DeSantis slammed politicians who continue to advocate for mask mandates but often go maskless.
“You know they want all these kids force-masked in school which we don’t allow in Florida but, and then they’ll take pictures of all these poor kids suffering,” DeSantis said. “They’re just beaming and smiling with no mask on. I mean, it’s just unbelievable what you’re seeing across but that’s the thing.”
The governor said this issue is all about control.
“These policies are just about control,” DeSantis insisted. “They want to do certain things to control Americans.”