Especially this year, parents across the country have been forced to fight for the health and welfare of their schoolchildren in districts across the country, and in many cases, those efforts are paying off.
According to Fox News, the latest parental victory happened, shockingly, in ultra-liberal San Diego, where a Superior Court judge shot down a COVID-19 vaccine mandate enacted for the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), which would have impacted some 14,000 students over the age of 16.
The lawsuit to quash the vax mandate was brought to the court by a group of parents who make up the group known as Let Them Choose.
The court ruled that only state lawmakers have the power to issue such mandates through the California Legislature — a stern warning that the school district had grossly overreached in what power it believed it had.
Celebrating the victory
Parents who are part of Let Them Choose were undoubtedly thrilled that the court ruled in their favor, praising the judge for following state law.
Sharon McKeeman, the founder of Let Them Choose and its offshoot Let Them Breathe, released an official statement for the group in the wake of the Superior Court’s ruling, which also serves as a hint for other parental groups across the country that when they come together to fight for their children, good things can happen.
“This decision that school districts do not have authority to require the COVID-19 vaccine echoes statewide, and it shows that parents coming together in a grassroots movement to uphold our children’s rights is powerful and effective,” McKeeman’s statement read.
Had the parents not prevailed in the legal battle, those 14,000 unvaccinated teens would have been, once again, barred from in-person learning without hard-to-obtain medical exemptions.
The district responds
Not surprisingly, SDUSD officials were not happy with the outcome, and the district’s attorney, Mark Bresee, said the district is already contemplating the next steps, presumably for any legal recourse.
“Meyer concluded only the state can act regarding vaccinations, even though the law specifically allows and encourages local vaccination programs,” an SDUSD statement read.
The district added: “Even Judge Meyer acknowledged in his ruling that the vaccine mandate `appears to be necessary and rational, and the district’s desire to protect its students from COVID-19 is commendable.”
Even with that being the case, power-hungry district officials need to recognize that if they want vaccine mandates, then they’ll have to go through the proper procedure to legally enact them and stop trying to circumvent established state laws.