Decide Cooper additionally mentioned that legal professionals representing DeSantis gave statements that had been in opposition to the scientific proof introduced on the trial. Additionally vital was the secondary protection laid out by DeSantis, which was a hasty piece of laws referred to as the Mother or father’s Invoice of Rights, that DeSantis and different anti-maskers have hoped would give them the Constitutional energy in opposition to a lawsuit just like the one dominated on right this moment. Decide Cooper granted an injunction in opposition to the State Board of Schooling, which was imposing DeSantis’ govt order, and mentioned that the brand new Mother or father’s Invoice of Rights legislation does “not ban mask mandates at all. […] Parents’ rights are very important, but they’re not without some reasonable limitations.”
“All of us zealously shield our private rights,” he mentioned. “We will drink till we’re intoxicated…however we can not get in our automobile and begin driving round whereas we have had alcoholic drinks that impair our potential to drive. All of us have the precise to drink alcohol, however the driver’s proper to drive intoxicated is proscribed by the federal government.”
“After we speak about absolute and basic rights, there’s all the time a footnote,” Cooper added. “Nicely let’s see if exercising this proper harms different individuals.”
Additionally vital to notice, Decide Cooper identified that DeSantis and his cronies don’t have the precise to penalize college boards—a tactic that DeSantis has tried to make use of to bully educators into complying along with his anti-mask mandate. For now, DeSantis is hoping that shadow cash and misled MAGA households may help him proceed his political ambitions, telling reporters on Thursday, “I know there’s parents who had their rights taken away, who are going to pursue legal action. I think you will see that in some areas.”
Plaintiff lawyer Whiswenhunt has persistently pointed out how morally bankrupt Gov. DeSantis place and, extra importantly, actions have been round this difficulty: “He waited till he might insert a rule and limit the authority of faculty boards on the eve of their opening, after they wouldn’t have time to redress their issues or deliver their points to the courtroom. And as environment friendly and expedited as this case has been, it has taken us into the college yr already. And it might have been litigated and resolved months in the past—with out the danger and detriment to college students.”
On Tuesday, Florida mentioned that 16,820 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, down from last week’s record-setting 17,000. Science and the very best practices have proven that permitting colleges to mandate mask-wearing may help mitigate the unfold of COVID-19. Circumstances of COVID-19 have been surging over the previous few weeks because the extra infectious Delta variant turns into the dominant pressure of the virus. Only a few different locations have been hit as onerous as Florida, and the horrible insurance policies from Republican officers are directly correlated to higher hospitalization and death rates.
Most faculties are in defiance of Gov. DeSantis at this point, as greater than half of the scholars in Florida’s public college are following masks mandates. Gov. DeSantis has beforehand mentioned he would attraction a choice he didn’t like on this case.