Utah Threatens Students With Arrest For Not Wearing Facemask In School


A nation of jailers.

Utah students who don't wear masks in schools can be criminally charged under Governor Gary Herbert's facemask order.

Yes, even kindergartners could be arrested and face charges for a class B misdemeanor.This is the same level charge for a first offense for driving drunk. 

The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

"Students and staff in Utah who don’t wear a mask in K-12 schools in accordance with the governor’s mandate can be charged with a misdemeanor.
The potential criminal penalty for violating the order was confirmed by Gov. Gary Herbert’s office late Wednesday. Spokeswoman Anna Lehnardt said it’s up to leaders of schools and charters to decide whether they want to seek charges as they respond to the continuing coronavirus pandemic.
During a legislative meeting last week, one mother questioned why there should be potential misdemeanor charges associated with something she sees as a personal choice. Angie Martin told lawmakers “our children should not have to suffer criminal consequences for getting an education.”"

So they are leaving it up to the school districts that are pretty much all about ‘zero tolerance’. Sounds like we are going to see a rash of stories about young elementary students being arrested and charged for not wearing their masks. 

During a legislative meeting last week, one mother questioned why there should be potential misdemeanor charges associated with something she sees as a personal choice. 

Angie Martin told lawmakers “our children should not have to suffer criminal consequences for getting an education.”