From the mouth of babes. Second-grader Fiona Lashells, who just turned 8 years old, tore into the Tampa bay school board over their mask mandate which has caused her to be suspended for a total of 38 days.
This brave little girl made it clear that she believed the board members belong in jail.
Her mother, Bailey Lashells said:
She is “on a mission to take back, not only her rights, but every American child’s constitutional rights from the tyrant school board.”
Speaking at a school board meeting, she told the board members that she believes the masks are dirty as well as useless.
Fiona asserted, “ok yeah, I hope you all go to jail for doing this to me,” to huge applause from the crowd. She added that her family is very proud of her and that the rules “suck.”
“I’m doing it for other kids and not just myself,” Fiona told Fox 8.
Fiona’s mother says that her daughter has now been told that she will fail the second grade, despite completing all of her assignments.
“Fiona is a strong-minded and fearless young girl who was ready to conquer the world at 7,” she told the newspaper. “Unfortunately, the blows just seem to not stop as she was recently told after completing every assignment her teacher will provide that she is not only failing 2nd grade, but that there is no way she could catch up, per her teacher.”
Fiona has picked up a powerful ally in her battle against the Tampa school board. That ally is Gov Ron DeSantis.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a law in July that banned mask mandates, a ban that judge recently upheld.
Several schools in liberal counties defied the ban.
DeSantis called Fiona’s suspension unacceptable and called out school board members who “cavort around maskless” while requiring students to wear them.
His administration is looking into giving parents the ability to fight for their children’s rights if they’ve been harmed by the mandates.
The Palm Beach County school district said in a statement the indoor mask requirement was implemented before the school year due to a “rapid rise in cases.” DeSantis pushed back on the explanation.