A 16 year old girl in Wyoming she was arrested on Thursday at her school after she refused to wear a mask to school, she and her father said.
Grace Smith, a student at Laramie High School, told state Senator Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, in an interview published online, that police handcuffed her for trespassing after she was suspended for failing to follow the school mask’s warrant and refused to leave school.
blacksmith recorded video of herself handcuffed, which her father, Andy Smith, shared on social media. The video shows that the interactions between Smith and the police officers were polite.
“When asked if they are arresting her for [not wearing] her mask, they will say, ‘No, we are arresting her for violating her non-compliance in accordance with their violation order,’ ”Andy Smith told Bouchard.
Smith said she faced three different two-day suspensions for refusing to dress up and received $ 1,000 in housebreaking fines for refusing to leave campus, saying she was entitled to stay in school to continue her. instruction.
She described herself as a “straight student” who “never broke the law.”
“I would never choose to do something wrong and I have never seen myself sitting in the back seat of a police car, handcuffed,” Smith said.
Smith’s arrest also led to a “short block” to “prevent further disruption of academic learning,” the school said in a statement obtained by the Laramie Boomerang.
When the newspaper asked school officials for a number on how many students were suspended for refusing to dress up, a district spokesperson quoted the school’s statement, saying that “the school district does not comment on student disciplinary matters.”
The school district approved the mask mandate on September 8, making it mandatory for most students to wear masks in all buildings and on buses, according to the paper. The mandate was due to expire on October 15, but officials would meet on Wednesday to review the plan.
For her refusal to comply with the school’s mandate, Smith told the paper that people have “wasted” her and that some of her best friends “don’t talk to me.” She said some teachers and parents also discriminated against her.
Smith told Bouchard that she has been made to feel “unwanted by the school system” and is “stressed out” from having to fight the mandate of the school mask.
“Right now, I should play sports and have fun,” he said. “And instead I’m fighting for the rights that should have been won hundreds of years ago.”
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