A Florida judge on Friday ruled Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on mask mandates in schools is unconstitutional.
in his ruling Circuit Judge John Cooper compared school mask mandates to laws against drunk driving
“We all zealously protect our personal rights,” Cooper said. “We can drink until we’re intoxicated…but we cannot get in our car and start driving around while we’ve had alcoholic beverages that impair our ability to drive. We all have the right to drink alcohol, but the driver’s right to drive intoxicated is limited by the government.”
“When we talk about absolute and fundamental rights, there’s always a footnote,” Cooper added. “Well, let’s see if exercising this right harms other people.”
the Judge ruled Ron DeSantis’ ban on mask mandates in schools is unconstitutional. all school districts in Florida will now have the power to decide whether to require students and staff to wear masks, without fear of a financial penalty from the state.