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Some ICC parents threat to sue if district does not drop mask mandate

Feb 07, 2022 1:00 am

Natasha Vaughn-Holdridge is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media some parents of students enrolled in the Ichabod Crane Central School District are threatening to sue Superintendent Suzanne Guntlow for following the state mask requirement. Several people who addressed the board during its February 1 public meeting spoke about the legal action they plan to take. “The papers that were served basically are indicating the possibility of a legal action...,” Guntlow said. “And we as always would work with our school attorneys to respond to any claim, which we feel has absolutely no merit.” School districts across the state have been advised to follow the guidelines issued by the state Education Department until the appeal of a court-ordered stay is resolved, Guntlow said. “I know that there’s individuals who are very vocal that want us to discontinue the mask wearing, but its not a local decision. Unfortunately for every person that wants to remove the masks there’s another person that wants us to continue that practice,” she said. Several of the public who spoke during the meeting were members of Unmask Ichabod Crane, a Facebook group started by Darrick Williams. Williams, at the meeting last week, said he did not start the group to cause turmoil. Instead, he said, it was started for concerned parents who feel masks are a health issue, whether mentally or physically. Several speakers threatened to sue Guntlow personally if she did not reject the state-required mask policy. “In my opinion, this is child abuse, whether you agree or not at this point doesn’t matter,” parent Rick Lawrence said at the meeting. Another parent, Krishna Culver, said, “I’m tired of the rhetoric, I’m tired of hearing about all of the clinics that you’re offering to 5-11-year-olds,” Culver said. “Anyone in our community has a doctor and they can go get vaccinated if they want to and they can bring their child. It is not your job to be giving us this information and I would like it to stop. ...” Jessica Brown accused Guntlow of violating her oath of office and the constitutions of New York and the United States. “Unmask our children now,” Brown said. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.