Gwinnett County

Group of parents asks judge to toss Gwinnett County schools’ mask mandate

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A group of parents will be in court Tuesday trying to remove a mask mandate for Gwinnett County schools. They are asking a judge to overturn the district’s policy.

Officials contend they are keeping students and staff protected from a deadly virus at the state’s largest school district.

A Gwinnett County 5th grader is one student mentioned in a lawsuit filed by parents.

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“It makes me anxious when I have to wear a mask,” the girl said.

Her sister, who’s in the 3rd grade, is also mentioned in the suit.

“When we had to wear masks, I couldn’t breathe that well,” she said.

Their parents and others want a judge to throw out Gwinnett County schools’ mask mandate.

The lawsuit argues Gov. Brian Kemp’s emergency order in July doesn’t give school districts the authority to make wearing a mask mandatory.

“At the end of the day, all parents want is a choice, just give us a choice,” said parent Holly Terej.

School leaders said the reason for requiring masks is to protect its students and staff from COVID-19, and some parents agree.

“The reality is we don’t know what is going to happen with the delta variant,” said Gwinnett County school board member Everton Blair, Jr.


“It’s not only helping my family but it’s helping other families,” said parent Ashley Suter.

From an academic standpoint, some students complained they can’t hear their teachers when they wear a mask.

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