(PatrioticPost.com)- The Florida second-grader who launched a battle of wills against the Palm Beach County school district over its mask mandate is finally back in school this week after the district relented and lifted its mask requirements.
Fiona Lashells, who just turned 8, racked up nearly forty suspensions over her refusal to wear a mask in the classroom. Her two-month battle against the school became a flashpoint in the national debate over mandating masks in public schools.
In July, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order making masks optional in schools, but some local districts, including Fiona’s in Palm Beach County, chose to defy the governor’s order and mandate masks.
Fiona even spoke before the school board on September 22 defending her right to go mask-free. She told them that suspending her wasn’t going to change her mind. She told the board that they should go to jail for defying the Governor’s order.
Amazing that an eight-year-old child has more courage to fight back against the COVID bullies than most adults. Perhaps if Americans showed even half her courage, our economy never would have shut down, schools never would have closed, Congress wouldn’t have had to spend trillions of dollars in “COVID relief,” and Joe Biden would have lost in 2020.
In early November, Fiona appeared on Fox & Friends alongside Governor DeSantis to discuss her ongoing fight.
Watch that HERE.
With the media bringing Fiona’s situation into the national spotlight not to mention the pressure from Governor DeSantis, the Palm Beach County School district released a letter last week announcing its decision to drop the mask requirement.
Starting on Monday, parents can choose to have their children opt-out of wearing masks. So after more than two months out of school, a vindicated Fiona Lashells was back in the classroom Monday.
In explaining its decision to lift the requirement, the district cited both the declining COVID cases in Florida and the recent court decision upholding Governor DeSantis’ ban on mask mandates in the state.
In its letter, the district also reiterated its vaccination policy, making it clear that vaccinations are voluntary and not required for students and staff.