The sheer insanity of the mask debate was on full display this week in Wyoming, as a high school student was arrested for her failure to comply with a school “ordinance” requiring a facial covering.
Imagine getting a phone call that your daughter has been arrested for violating a dress code at school. Maybe the straps of her shirt were too thin, or her pants were too baggy. Imagine that, instead of allowing school administrators to handle the silly infraction via their own disciplinary code, they chose to have her arrested.
This is the choice that one school in Wyoming made this week, and it has Americans from coast to coast filled with anger.
Grace Smith, a junior at Laramie High School, told state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, in an interview posted online, that police placed her in handcuffs for trespassing after she was suspended for not following the school’s mask mandate and refused to leave school grounds.
Smith recorded video of herself getting handcuffed, which her father, Andy Smith, shared on social media. The video shows the interactions between Smith and police officers were polite.
The video was quickly making the rounds online.
“When asked if they’re arresting her for [not wearing] her mask, they’ll say, ‘No, we’re arresting her for her violation of failure to comply in accordance with their trespassing ordinance,'” Andy Smith told Bouchard.
Smith said that she’s faced three separate two-day suspensions over refusing to mask up and received $1,000 in trespassing fines for refusing to leave the campus, saying that she had a right to be on school grounds to continue her education.
There are dozens of ways in which the situation could have been handled that didn’t involve arresting a child, frightening the rest of the student population, or drawing media attention to your school’s glaring inability to govern itself.
These folks chose this path, and they have acquiesced to whatever criticism is leveled upon them for it.