Gov. DeSantis: Parents should be able to sue school districts over student mask mandates

(As originally published with bells and whistles, Fri, February 11th 2022, 11:04 AM EST)

MARIANNA, Fla. (WPEC) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made clear at a news conference on Friday that he wants parents to be able to sue school districts like Palm Beach County’s that had mask mandates for students who may have suffered damages.

He called for families to be able to sue if they have a child who “was illegally forced-masked this year in Florida.”

They flouted the law and they should be liable for the consequences of their actions.

The governor cited “any negative effects of it, if they have speech problems, if they have emotional problems, physical problems.”

He said of those school districts, “They flouted the law and they should be liable for the consequences of their actions.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis in Marianna, discussing Hurricane Michael recovery money, Feb. 11, 2022. (Pool)

DeSantis, who is running for reelection in November, also said he wants the legislature to do something for families that get money from the state for school choice, since some parochial schools still have student mask mandates.

The governor held the news conference in Marianna. That’s in the Panhandle near the Alabama and Georgia borders.

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He also spoke about infrastructure improvement and giving many millions of dollars to the area for recovery from Hurricane Michael.

The 2018 storm was a category 5.

The governor was joined by the state’s chief financial officer Jimmy Patronis, and the secretary of the Department of Economic Opportunity, Dane Eagle.

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