Virginia’s Supreme Court rejected a challenge to Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin’s executive order to allow parents to opt-out of their children wearing masks in school in a decision which Attorney General Jason Miyares called “a win for Virginia families.”
Miyares issued a written statement following the ruling, saying, “Today, the Supreme Court of Virginia rejected a challenge out of the City of Chesapeake to Governor Youngkin’s Executive Order Number 2. The Governor and I are pleased with today’s ruling. At the beginning of this pandemic, Governor Northam used his broad emergency powers to close places of worship, private businesses, and schools and impose a statewide mask mandate.”
“Nearly two years later, we have better risk mitigation strategies and vaccines, and we know much more about the efficacy of requiring children to wear masks all day. We agree with the Court’s decision and will continue to defend the Executive Order. This is a victory for Virginia families,” he added.
The dismissal noted parents had challenged “the provisions of Governor Glenn A. Youngkin’s Executive Order Two and Order of Public Health Emergency One (collectively, ‘EO 2’) that permit parents to exempt their children from school masking requirements,” according to the order.
The state’s Supreme Court justices wrote, “we deny petitioners’ motion to amend, and we dismiss the petition because the relief requested does not lie against any of the respondents.”
The ruling comes after Youngkin issued the decision last week to join a parent lawsuit against Loudoun County schools over masks.
Virginia’s governor, attorney general, and superintendent of public instruction asked a court to let them become plaintiffs in the lawsuit brought by parents against the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), lending new legal firepower to a group of parents’ quest to unmask their children.
This followed Youngkin’s executive order saying that parents had the right to choose whether their children must wear masks at school or not. Liberal jurisdictions refused to follow it, claiming they did not have to follow executive orders.
Attorney General Jason Miyares also released a statement regarding the lawsuit in support of parental rights.
“When the pandemic started, Governor Northam used his emergency powers to close down places of worship, private businesses, and schools and impose a universal mask mandate. Nearly two years later, Governor Youngkin is using those same emergency powers to adapt to our current phase in the same pandemic, by giving parents the ability to opt out of a school mask mandate,” he wrote.
This comes at a time when the American public is waking up to the fact that masks are little more than a scare tactic pushed on them by politicians and bureaucrats like Dr. Anthony Fauci in order to prolong the pandemic and maintain their increased power which came as a result.
While GOP politicians like Youngkin have been fighting mandatory masking for some time, even some Democrats are now sick and tired of the charade.
A Virginia Democrat state senator wrote a fiery letter to the Fairfax County Public Schools superintendent on the issue.
“It has become hard, if not impossible, to find a respected medical researcher who still defends Forced Masking of Children as a public safety measure,” Sen. Chap Petersen wrote Monday.
“The decision to wear a mask in public – when there is so little correlation with public health – makes it de facto a political decision. In other words, by wearing a mask in a public setting, the wearer is able to communicate a political message, e.g. “I Care About Others” or “I voted for Biden” … You are forcing children to make a political statement that they (and their parents) may not believe. That violates the First Amendment,” he wrote.
Author: Charles Dathrow