US School Threatens Parents Of Unmasked Children With ‘Criminal Charges’

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School administrators claim that unmasked students could be seen as a ‘clear and present danger’

The Ripon Unified School District in California’s Central Valley has warned parents about “potential actions” that could be taken against them and the students who do not comply with their mask mandate.

Parents were sent a letter telling them to “remove” their children from campus if they do not wear a face mask.

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The letter continued that children who did not comply could be labeled as a “clear and present danger to the life, safety, or health of a pupil or school personnel.” 

RT reports: Other potential consequences include contacting Child Protective Services on the “abandoned” child, as well as identifying the students as truants, which could ultimately lead to criminal charges against the parents. 

“Again, the District would hope that it isn’t forced to consider these admittedly more drastic alternatives, but what action the District ultimately is forced to take is dictated by your actions in this regard,” the letter warns.

Officials with the school district told local media that the letter was sent out because a “few individual families” were “demanding” to know the legal consequences of not complying with the mask mandate. 

Options like calling Child Protective Services are “part of the general legal guidance that was prepared for several districts,” but do not reflect “district policy,” school officials told a local ABC affiliate. 

Mask mandates in schools currently vary across the US with some states flatly denying them, while others firmly keeping such precautions in place, nearly two years after schools first went to remote learning in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Mask mandates and mandate bans have both led to protests from parents across the US, as well as various legal battles, including a lawsuit against Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin from multiple school districts over a recent executive order banning mask mandates in schools.