Los Angeles Parents Sue Charter School for Abhorrent Treatment of Students

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California schools have been engaging in extreme measures to pressure parents to have their children vaccinated against COVID-19. They have tried coercion and even pizza bribery to push kids to roll up their sleeves and take the needle. But now, a new lawsuit alleges a Los Angeles charter school “discriminated against” and “segregated” unvaccinated students.

Sharon McKeeman, founder of Let Them Breathe, a nonprofit group representing the parents and students in the legal action told Fox News Digital:

“Female students were segregated, harassed, and threatened with suspension just for trying to participate in their classes, and we will prove in court that this is unjust and unlawful.”

Fox News Digital reported:

Let Them Breathe shared videos of the students protesting after New West Charter School allegedly refused to let them in when school reopened on Jan. 18, 2022. The organization claimed that the students were segregated “behind barriers.”

“We’re being refused of the right to attend school,” one student claims in a video. “We feel segregated and discriminated against,” adds another.

The school told Fox its side of the story, claiming that it imposed a vaccine mandate after winter break and reached 96% compliance. However, “six students who did not follow the new policy still attempted to participate in classes,” the school claimed. The students refused to leave the class when asked.

“The students proceeded to stage a sit-in directly behind designated areas for student PCR screenings on campus which was cordoned off with tape,” the school continued. “New West Charter School administration notified local authorities who came to campus and helped alleviate the disruption.”

The school also said it informed parents last October that students would be required to have taken the jab in order to attend classes. It also offered an “independent study option” for the unwashed unvaccinated. “Parents who chose not to vaccinate their children knew what options they had available other than returning to campus,” the school said.

However, Let Them Breathe told Fox that the lawsuit the group has filed against New West Charter is similar to the successful legal action it filed against San Diego Unified School District for their mandate in December.

RedState’s Jennifer Van Laar reported:

A California state judge struck down San Diego Unified School District’s student COVID-19 vaccine mandate Monday, ruling that it was “inconsistent with state law.” This means that all SDUSD students can continue in-person instruction regardless of COVID-19 vaccine status.

McKeeman noted that New West Charter’s mandate “is even more egregious than San Diego Unified’s” because the school is “mandating for ages 12 and up, which is not even FDA approved.”

She added:

“We have filed a lawsuit against New West arguing that they are violating state law by mandating this new vaccine, not allowing personal belief exemptions, and segregating and denying unvaccinated students their education.”

The suit alleges that the school discriminates against unvaccinated students, which is a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the California Constitution. The state’s mandate allows for a medical exemption but not a religious or personal belief exemption, according to Fox News.

Let Them Breathe’s lawsuit also takes the school to task for treating some unvaccinated children “more favorably than other unvaccinated children,” and for letting unvaxxed kids from other schools participate in sporting events on the campus while barring the plaintiffs from doing the same.

From Fox:

The lawsuit says the vaccine mandate is preempted by state law, meaning that the school has no authority to issue such a mandate because the state of California has taken up authority on this issue. Let Them Breathe won the legal challenge against San Diego Unified School District on this very issue.

“The sole function of this Court is to determine whether the Roadmap is preempted by state law,” Judge John Meyer wrote in his ruling. He ruled that “the field of school vaccine mandates has been fully occupied by the State, and the [SDUSD policy] directly conflicts with state law.”

As many, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have pointed out, children are at far less of a risk of being hospitalized with COVID-19. While the Omicron variant has resulted in a higher rate of infection, children are far less likely to deal with serious symptoms.

Nevertheless, the left has been pushing vaccine and mask mandates in blue states like crazy. The hysteria over COVID has placed an undue strain on America’s students in states like California, New York, Michigan, and others. However, more parents are starting to speak out against these unreasonable restrictions, and even people who vote Democrat are reaching the end of their ropes. The question is: How much longer can the Democrats sustain their COVID regime?