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Missouri Attorney General Warns Rockwood School District to Stop Unconstitutional and Illegal Mask Orders
The courts have spoken, but school districts refuse to comply
Rockwood School District intends to defy a recent court ruling by continuing to enforce its unpopular and dangerous mask mandate despite a warning from Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt sent to all Missouri public school district earlier today.
In response to an inquiry from Hennessy’s View on whether Rockwood would obey the court order, district spokeswoman Mary Lapak said, “there will be no change to our mitigation strategies.” We provided Ms. Lapak a copy of this letter from AG Schmitt:
In the letter, AG Schmitt warns school districts to stop their unconstitutional and illegal mask mandates immediate:
Under this judgment, all mask mandates, quarantine order, and other public health orders that are based on any of the invalidated regulations or issued outside the protections of the Missouri Administrative Procedure Act are null and void. We have advised local public health authorities today to stop enforcing and publicizing any such orders immediately. You also should stop relying on, enforcing, or publicizing any such orders immediately.
As of 3:30 p.m., Rockwood’s website is still pushing a mask mandate in violation of the court order and Missouri law. This despite the AG’s explicit warning:
Failure to follow the court’s judgment may result in enforcement action against you to remove orders the court has determined are unconstitutional and illegal. We encourage you to take immediate action to remove all unconstitutional and illegal orders.
“Unconstitutional and illegal.” Rockwood’s justification for defying the order is that their attorneys insist the district has the authority to make rules for health and safety. That reasoning directly contradicts what the court wrote, but Rockwood doesn’t seem to care.
The example Rockwood sets for students is: ignore the law, ignore judgments, do whatever you want. And people wonder why crime is going through the roof.
Parkway School District Keeping Mandates
Meanwhile, neighboring Parkway School District has acknowledged receipt of the Attorney General’s letter, they, too, will keep their illegal mask, quarantine, and contact tracing policies until further notice. Here’s the Parkway superintendent’s letter to staff:
A society cannot long stand when its schools are run by lawless renegades. It’s time for taxpayers and parents to rein in these arrogant public servants.