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South Carolina Supreme Court strikes down city's public school mask mandate
Posted by: Speedy
Date: September 02, 2021 04:22PM
Just following the law.

[www.nbcnews.com]

The South Carolina Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a city ordinance mandating masks for public school children, just as the state is struggling with a surge in school-related coronavirus cases.

In a unanimous decision, a panel of judges ruled the city of Columbia's mask mandate for elementary school students conflicts with state law banning such requirements and "cannot stand."

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin announced the mandate for kids who are too young to take the vaccine in early August, telling The Associated Press that "adults can make decisions for themselves" but "children do not have that ability or autonomy."

State Attorney General Alan Wilson sued Columbia over Benjamin's emergency order last week, saying the ordinance violates a one-year state law known as a proviso that held that no school district can use "any state funds to require that its students and/or employees wear a facemask at any of its education facilities."

Lawyers for Columbia said the city would "fund and enforce the mandate" itself, which the judges found unbelievable.

"The notion that City employees would infiltrate the schools and, without any assistance from school personnel and without a penny of state funds, would be able to mandate masks and impose civil penalties for violations strains credulity and, in fact, is demonstrably false," since the ordinance requires school personnel to enforce the mandate, said the ruling, which was written by Justice John Kittredge.

"This brings us to the real point of contention—may the City enact ordinances in direct conflict with state law? The answer is unsurprisingly and unequivocally 'no,'" the ruling said, noting that the "supreme legislative power in this state is vested in the South Carolina General Assembly, not a local government."



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Re: South Carolina Supreme Court strikes down city's public school mask mandate
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: September 02, 2021 05:30PM
When did the killing of children through political means become mainstream?
I'm getting sick of the politics of my state.
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Re: South Carolina Supreme Court strikes down city's public school mask mandate
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: September 02, 2021 05:48PM
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S. Pupp
When did the killing of children through political means become mainstream?
I'm getting sick of the politics of my state nation.

FTFY.



It is what it is.
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Re: South Carolina Supreme Court strikes down city's public school mask mandate
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: September 02, 2021 05:49PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
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S. Pupp
When did the killing of children through political means become mainstream?
I'm getting sick of the politics of my state nation.

FTFY.

Thanks.
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Re: South Carolina Supreme Court strikes down city's public school mask mandate
Posted by: kj
Date: September 02, 2021 06:30PM
The people I hear complaining about it say, "How are you going to get little kids to wear a mask all day?" The thing is, my experience is they handle it far better than a lot of adults. Not only is it not a good reason, but it isn't really even a reason at all. I don't get it.
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Re: South Carolina Supreme Court strikes down city's public school mask mandate
Posted by: mattkime
Date: September 02, 2021 07:26PM
kj - there’s a long history of projecting on to children the fears of adults.



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Re: South Carolina Supreme Court strikes down city's public school mask mandate
Posted by: pdq
Date: September 02, 2021 08:15PM
Just one more example of how utterly extreme and disconnected from reality the Republican Party is these days...
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Re: South Carolina Supreme Court strikes down city's public school mask mandate
Posted by: bfd
Date: September 02, 2021 10:42PM
Imagine if they were even half this focused on stopping school shootings
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Re: South Carolina Supreme Court strikes down city's public school mask mandate
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: September 03, 2021 09:32AM
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"How are you going to get little kids to wear a mask clothes all day?"

nuts smiley
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