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Laramie County school district parent hires lawyer to challenge mask mandate
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Laramie County school district parent hires lawyer to challenge mask mandate

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CHEYENNE (WNE) — A parent of a student in Laramie County School District No.1 has given notice of his intent to sue the district over a recent decision to require students to wear masks to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Jason Hoover hired a lawyer to send the district a letter challenging its policies.

In the letter, Cheyenne attorney Cassie Craven cites the Wyoming Constitutional Health Care Freedom Amendment, the U.S. Constitution and one’s right to a free public education as reasons for challenging the school board’s decision.

Hoover is the parent of a student who has allegedly suffered impacts due to the mask requirement, but he said he made the decision to hire an attorney for reasons beyond just protecting his child’s health. He sees the mask mandate as unconstitutional, which he said he can no longer accept.

“We all have a duty, particularly for our children,” he said, “to stand against lawlessness and to stand up and assert our rights.”

Craven has been retained to address those concerns. She expressed in her written warning to the LCSD1 administration she doesn’t believe there is a case to defend the mask mandate.

“When a state or local policy implicates a fundamental right through coercion, or otherwise, the strict scrutiny standard applies, and it is my belief you’ll never survive that legal hurdle,“ she stated in her letter. “In short, your actions against these children, when their parents and guardians have contrary wishes, is illegal, and we will make certain you answer for it.”

Hoover is not the only parent to object to the recent decision by the board, but he is one of the first to hire an attorney.

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