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Mothers Sue After Children Caught Covid in Wisconsin Schools Without Mandates | Wisconsin


Two Wisconsin mothers whose children had Covid-19 in September have sued their school districts for “unnecessarily and recklessly endangering the health and safety” of their children and other students.

Both lawsuits accuse school districts of creating a “snake pit” for students by failing to implement Covid-19 safety measures recommended by health officials, such as interior masking, in their schools this year.

The lawsuits say the Falls Creek School District and School Board and the Waukesha School District and School Board “are aware that by eliminating their Covid-19 mitigation measures they are unnecessarily and recklessly endangering health and safety. safety of their students ”.

Gina Kildahl filed in Wisconsin Western District Court Monday after her son, a Falls Creek District Elementary School student, tested positive for Covid-19 in late September.

The complaint says the school board voted against a mask requirement for the 2021-22 school year and that people can visit the district without masks or be screened or tested for Covid-19.

While Kildahl’s son wore a mask to school every day, according to the complaint, many other students did not. In late September, there was an outbreak in her son’s class and the boy tested positive.

The complaint alleges that the district and school board’s refusal to implement Covid-19 mitigation measures was the cause of the boy’s infection and illness.

The other lawsuit was filed by Shannon Jensen in Wisconsin Eastern District Court last week. Describe a similar situation in Waukesha.

Jensen said his son wore a mask in class, while many students did not wear masks, including one who had Covid-19 symptoms two days in a row in September. Jensen said the school told him that quarantine was optional for his son, even though his classmate had tested positive.

Jensen’s son contracted Covid-19 and quarantined his other two children. He said the school district had educational plans for quarantined children.

School districts had no immediate comment. Speaking to the Washington Post, Frederick Melms, attorney for Jensen and Kildahl, said: “We hope to have a judge who [will] make them do the right thing. It is unfortunate that it has come to this. “

The lawsuits are backed by the super political action committee of Minocqua Brewing Company (Super Pac), an organization founded by a brewery owner frustrated by Donald Trump’s response to the pandemic and elected officials who refuse to acknowledge the results of the 2020 presidential election.

The owner of the brewery, Kirk Bangstad, said The Super Pac aims to sue all Wisconsin school boards not following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid in schools.

Bangstad said in a blog post on Sunday: “Hell, I’d rather sell beer or surf in Costa Rica, but these are extraordinary times in Wisconsin and America and unless we organize now, we may not have enough power around election time to avoid the craziness”.


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