Wisconsin Parents File Lawsuit Against City For Closing Schools
A group of parents from Wisconsin, along with a group known as School Choice Wisconsin, has filed a lawsuit suing the city of Racine after they closed schools, defying the Wisconsin Supreme Court restraining order that prevents schools from shutting down.
Yet another example of how the Democratic Party has latched on to the fear mongering going on right now as an excuse to push through ridiculous measures designed to supposedly stop the spread of COVID.
The sequence of events preceding the lawsuit included Dottie-Kay Bowersox, the City of Racine Public Health Administrator, issuing a public health order on November 12 in which she required all schools within the jurisdiction of the Racine Public Health Department to close their buildings while urging them to switch to virtual learning from Nov. 27, 2020, through Jan. 15, 2021.
Bowersox stated, “We’re concerned that, again, individuals will not be responsible. They will interact with individuals outside their home. They’ll go to gatherings and such. They won’t be masked. They won’t keep social distancing, and they won’t stay home when they’re ill.”
Roughly one week later, five private schools along with two separate groups represented by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) filed a petition with the Wisconsin Supreme Court asking for an injunction against Bowersock’s order.
“They’re having their schedules disrupted, they’re losing the benefits of in-person instruction. These schools have put in a ton of time to adopt cleaning, hygiene, protective measures, safety policies, and procedures, to ensure that they can open safely — and now they’ve been given a very short notice to basically switch to virtual,” Anthony Lococo from WILL said.
The court agreed on Nov. 25, issuing the restraining order that kept the city from shutting schools down. However, according to a report from Empower Wisconsin, “The same day, Bowersox sent an email to school administrators in Racine asserting the Court’s ruling ‘does not alter the status’ of the city’s Safer Racine ordinance, which only applies to the city.” She wrote, “Within this ordinance, school buildings will remain closed from November 27, 2020 through January 15, 2021.”
This is what prompted the filing of the lawsuit.
This is a prime example of a local government that has become drunk with power, that no longer cares about the scientific facts that clearly indicate children are not in danger, nor do they always act as super spreaders.
Schools need to be opened because children need to learn. It’s actually not safe for them to remain at home, where they face increased risk of abuse or other problems.
This has exposed an ugly truth. The heart of man truly is wicked and constantly craves power to lord over others. We must chain that heart down by the power of our Constitution at the federal level and by the ones each of our states have in place to preserve liberty.