A Wisconsin parent, with the help of a state alcoholic, has filed a federal lawsuit against the Waukesha School District and the Waukesha School Board, saying his son fell ill after coming in contact with a classmate whose district caused Kovid-1 symptoms due to a lack of mitigation protocol.
Attorney Frederick Melomes filed the lawsuit on Oct. 5 in the Eastern District of Wisconsin, USA, on behalf of Shannon Jensen and other parents and K-12 Wakesha School District students.
The case is the latest example of parents’ frustration, how school boards have responded to the epidemic, and how school board meetings have gradually become ground zero in politics.
The case is being funded by Minokka Brewing Company Super PAC and the case, arguing for class-action status, is directing the district to issue an order complying with the COVID-1 guidelines for disease control and prevention.
According to the lawsuit, on May 12, the Wakesha School Board removed the requirement for masks and many other COVID-19 mitigation measures that were in place for most of the 2020-21 school year. Despite this decision, Jensen’s son, Rose Glenn, an elementary school student, and her two younger brothers wore masks at school when many of their classmates did not.
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One of Jensen’s eldest son’s classmates came to school with the Covid-1 symptoms on 1-1-1 Sep before being sent home. Jensen’s eldest son was sitting next to the sick classmate both days and his sick classmate was not wearing a mask.
On Sept. 1, Jensen’s eldest son showed symptoms and tested positive for Covid-1 for. Jensen then kept all his sons at home. The two younger boys will also test positive for Covid-1 for later and as a result they all missed school and other curriculum activities.
In a statement in the lawsuit, Jensen said he received a delayed notification from the district informing him that children in his eldest son’s class tested positive for the virus and later found out that four children tested positive for the virus with another child in his eldest son’s class.
He further learned that there is no district limit for when classes will be separated and no contact is sought. Instead the district said “a child in the school tested positive, usually informing parents a few days earlier.”
Stevens Point, Wisconsin-owned Kirk Bangstad, who owns the Minocca Brewing Company, was not ashamed to publicly express his frustration with the way former President Donald Trump’s administration responded to the epidemic. Last November, he ran an ultimately failed campaign against incumbent Republican Rob Swaring for the Assembly District 34 seat.
Wakesha School District Superintendent James Sebert declined to discuss the case in an email.
“We have contacted our lawyers and on the advice of our counsel we have been advised not to comment further at this time,” Sebert said.
Eight of the nine members of the Wakesha School Board did not immediately respond to requests for interviews.
Wakesha School Board President Joseph Como said in an email that he could not comment on the lawsuit against the district’s legal counsel.
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