Mom Threatens To Sue Teachers Over Masks.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
UPDATE August 9, 2021 at 7:45 p.m: We were called out by a few teachers who took issue with our republishing the letter, below. While we believe the letter is important for all to see to understand those opposed to masks, we also hear the message teachers are communication to us when they ask us to reiterate the importance of masks. Public health officials affirm that masks and the vaccine are imperative tools in fighting COVID-19.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A woman who self-describes as a “weight loss coach” shared a form letter to social media that she apparently wants other parents to use to opt-out their children from mask use in the Palm Beach County Schools.
But the letter may end up working against those who use it. It makes a legal threat that isn’t covered by the rule issued by the Florida Department of Education.
The letter was posted publicly by Kelly Stout-Hutcheson. It was not immediately clear if she wrote the letter or is copying it from someone else. She did not immediately respond to a request for information from BocaNewsNow.com. We are publishing the letter, below, but we are not correcting grammar:
“Dear Teacher______. I understand that the school district is requiring mask for all students and staff, I also understand that I have a parental right (Per FDE and Governor Desantis Executive Order 21-175) to refuse and opt out mask for my child/children. In exercise of that right, I am writing to refuse this mandate and opt out my child/children from mask wearing.”
Continues the form letter:
“This is my personal choice as a parent. My decision to refuse in no way reflects on the hard work and talent of the teachers, administration or staff at the school. Please note that state officials have stated that students cannot be punished, forced to comply, discriminated on, or treated less than any other child because they did not participate in mandates. If my child is in anyway discriminated on, intimidated/forced to wear a mask during the 2021/2022 school year I will seek legal action against the teacher/school. Thank you in advance for respecting my refusal.”
BocaNewsNow.com does not know what “discriminated on” means. Someone can be discriminated against, but we are unclear how a teacher could be “discriminating on” a child.
Additionally, there is nothing in the “rule” from the Florida Department of Education that gives a parent the right to sue a teacher over mask issues. Parents can sue a school district, but threatening legal action against a teacher may negate the letter itself.
The Palm Beach County Classroom Teachers Association has not yet issued a statement concerning the mask mandate which does not provide an opt-out option for teachers. One teacher, when asked about the letter, retorted with this: “the biggest issue teachers will face is uneducated parents threatening us with no comprehension of the rule or their recourse.”
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