November 17, 2021

After Girl Suspended 38 Times, Florida District Finally Drops Mask Mandate

  • Flyover Country

By: Konrad Holden

In Brief: 
Palm Beach County school district has finally dropped their mask mandate after a judge declared DeSantis’ mask mandate ban valid. The school district announced the mask mandates end on November 6th. This district has been in the news after it handed out 38 suspensions to one 8-year-old girl who refused to wear a mask. The girl was sent home each day that she refused to not wear a mask. 

The Background: 
Fiona Lashells, an 8-year-old in Florida, was suspended 38 times for not wearing a mask. She was told she might flunk out of the second grade. And she was ostracized by her teachers and forced to eat and learn away from her peers.

Well, she won.

In July, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida schools would no longer be able to mandate masks. That executive order had been put on pause by courts. 

The executive order is now in effect again after a judge declared it valid. 

And Lashells’ school announced on November 6th that they would begin allowing students to learn without masks on November 8th.

“A ruling yesterday by Division of Administrative Hearings Judge Newman found the Department of Health’s Emergency Rule 64DER21-15 to be valid, therefore, a parent face covering opt-out will be reinstated effective Monday,” the school district said.

The girl’s mother said she is not the one driving her daughter’s resistance against the masks: “She’s been just so adamant that she wants to make sure everyone can go back to school and have a choice. I just love the people thinking I’m the one doing it.”

Notable Quotes: 

“I didn’t get to see my friends, that’s the sad part. But I did most of my work.” - Fiona Lashells

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