WAUKESHA (Wisc. — A parent has filed a lawsuitWaukesha school district and its school board were sued by the mother, who claims her child was exposed by a classmate to COVID-19. The school district does not have any mask requirements.
Rose Glen Elementary School student. The suit alleges that the district violated the 14th Amendment rights of the child to be protected from school-created threats.
“We were served with a COVID-19 complaint yesterday. We have not yet been served. We immediately contacted our lawyers and were advised by our counsel not to respond further,” Waukesha school district superintendent James Sebert stated last Thursday.
A lawsuit claimed that a Waukesha school policy regarding masks was in effect last year. However, it expired on May 12. The district didn’t put in place a new mask policy for the 2021-2022 school years.
The lawsuit also includes a declaration from the mother stating that they, as a family decided to send their children to school in masks, despite not being required by the district. According to her, other students were not required to wear masks at school.
According to the lawsuit, a classmate of the child brought COVID-19 symptoms to school on Sept. 16-17 before being sent home. The classmate allegedly sat with the child each day. In the declaration, she stated that her child developed symptoms and was diagnosed with COVID-19 on September 19. She also stated that COVID-19 was found in her other children who were enrolled in the school district.
According to the lawsuit, all children lost several days of school and other extracurricular activities due to illness.
The lawsuit is being funded by the Minocqua Brewing Company Super PAC.
Kirk Bangstad, founder of Super PAC, stated that he doesn’t want a lawsuit lasting more than a year. “We want an order that states, “Until we get the defense and plaintiffs’ statements out, we’re gonna put masks onto children too young for vaccination.”
Bangstand is also the owner and operator of Mincoqua Brewing Company, a Northern Wisconsin brewery. He and his restaurant at Mincoqua Brewing Company in Northern Wisconsin were the subject of national attention last year when they hung a huge Biden-Harris sign and released a “progressive” beer line.
He hopes that through the class action lawsuit all Wisconsin schools will have to comply with mask requirements.
He said, “We are trying to identify a class school boards that include all school boards who aren’t following COVID precautions.”
The lawsuit was filed by Bangstand in Wisconsin’s Eastern District. Bangstand hopes to bring another suit to the Western District.
This story was first published by Sarah McGrew at Scripps station TMJ4Milwaukee