Parents of Western Boone student sue schools over mask policy

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The lawsuit was filed in federal court and says the girl was discriminated against because of a disability and her religious beliefs.

JAMESTOWN, Indiana — The parents of a former student at Granville Wells Elementary School have filed a lawsuit accusing the district of violating her state and federal rights.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court and says the girl was discriminated against because of a disability and her religious beliefs.

13 Investigators received the following statement from Western Boone County Community School Corporation attorney Kent Frandsen:

“While Western Boone Schools required the use of face masks or shields at school, his practices and actions were consistent with direction from the Governor and state and local health officials. The mask policy was enforced while it was in effect, but school administrators are not aware of any retaliatory action against this student or any other student who may have objected. We have no further comment on the lawsuit at this time.

Michael and Melissa Cleaver say their child has asthma and “felt shortness of breath, throat tightness and anxiety” while wearing a face covering. The parents obtained a doctor’s note in the 2020-2021 school year so that she could wear a face shield. The district granted the request.

Cleavers say all was well until March and April of last year, when the school began to enforce the district’s mask policy more strictly.

They report the child was ‘written multiple times’ and made to ‘walk during recess’ because she lifted her face shield to stop the ‘headaches’. They also say a teacher would ‘verbally attack and yell’ at her daughter when she lifted her face shield to try and stop the ‘headaches’.

At the end of April, the young girl requested “an accommodation to the face covering and/or mask policy due to her sincere religious beliefs and her disability”. The suit says the girl is a Christian and has asthma.

The district denied the request. The family’s attorney wrote in an email: “The school has declined to engage in the interactive process to identify accommodation.”

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