When it comes to pursuing a much-needed goal, be it statewide or nationally, I firmly believe in using every arrow in the quiver to achieve success. When it comes to stopping the spread of COVID-19 I double down on that strategy.
Today I was alerted to another avenue to safeguard Wisconsin’s schoolchildren and stem the spread of the virus that has impacted the lives of too many families and undermined our economy with closed businesses and scores of unemployed workers.
The Minocqua Brewing Company Super PAC has decided they can best secure the health of state students and the larger communities in a legal move that is not just gutsy. But justified in every sense of the word. The PAC will sue every school board in Wisconsin that doesn’t follow CDC guidelines to protect the spread of Covid in schools.
On Wednesday, the first lawsuit was filed in Wisconsin’s Eastern District against the Waukesha School District alleging children who’ve been wearing masks have contracted COVID-19 because their classmates are going to school unmasked while having symptoms. The Waukesha School Board voted May 12 to end many of their COVID-19 mitigation policies including universal masking.
The PAC stated that this was the first case to be filed as “we met the plaintiffs in Waukesha first”.
Taking the case straight into the lion’s den is of value. The Waukesha School District is nothing but shameless with all sorts of COVID-related policies. Their disdain for the free lunch program for students is one that caught my ire this summer.
Kirk Bangstad, founder of the Minocqua Brewing Company Super PAC stated his reasoning for this series of lawsuits.
“Our goal all along was to bring a class action lawsuit against all school districts in Wisconsin that weren’t protecting kids, teachers, and communities, but we had to start somewhere…”
The surge in the Delta variant, the lackadaisical nature of too many people not being vaccinated, especially in rural counties, and the absurd politicization of the virus by right-wing media demands that someone stand up for the children. You know, the ones who rely on adults to make sound decisions.
Thankfully, Bangstad is one of the good guys who appreciates science, facts, and reason. CP will be following the legal progress of these cases, knowing they are of importance to our society.
And so it goes.