State Appeals Federal Judge’s Block of New School Mask Legislation

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The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –

State leaders have requested that a federal judge wait to push implementation of his order regarding masks in schools while they wait for a new appeal to be considered in a higher court.

The motion was filed by state attorneys last Thursday asking U.S. District Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw to put a temporary hold on his December 10th order.

Last month, Crenshaw’s order blocked certain parts of a new Tennessee law that would make schools unable to issue mask mandates and would also make local health officials and school administration unable to make their own COVID-19 quarantine policies.

The order was granted after the new law was challenged by parents of students with disabilities in the state. The parents claim that the law is a violation of federal disability rights and leaves children at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 because schools will be unable to make quick decisions in response to the virus.

According to Crenshaw’s order, it is in the “public’s interest to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Tennessee’s schools.”


The state, however, says that current disability laws offer plenty of protection for students. They also noted that individualized accommodations are granted under the new legislation.

“The General Assembly passed the Act to create uniform standards for COVID-19 related issues across Tennessee,” the filing stated. “The Act expressly gives authority to school principals and presidents to evaluate and grant requests for ADA accommodations.”

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The state feels that Crenshaw was overstepping by issuing the order.

Opponents continue to argue that allowing schools to grant requests does not do enough to protect what they believe is just a blatant attempt to keep schools from being able to issue mask mandates.

Crenshaw stated that the new legislation “offers no protection to students, let alone those that are disabled.” 

“This does not serve the public interest,” he said. “Allowing children to safely attend school does.”


About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative  ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career.  Most recently, he served as Deputy Directory for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others.  He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History.  Contact Jason at

4 thoughts on “State Appeals Federal Judge’s Block of New School Mask Legislation

  • January 4, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    Keep up the good fight!!!

  • January 4, 2022 at 5:41 pm

    A good science experiment for children to do in school:

    Dr. Byram Bridle: Viral Immunologist Debunks Mask Protect People From Covid (

  • January 4, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    What is up with people and masks?? There are no properly done studies showing that masks are effective at preventing the spread of this virus. This is WHY we have never worn masks during flu season, etc. They don’t work. And anyone who thinks it’s okay for you to breathe your own carbon dioxide all day long has been wearing their mask too long and killed off some brain cells.

  • January 6, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    Pictures of babies wearing oxygen blocking snot rags make me physically sick! How many reports do there have to be saying that masks do not prevent Covid, flu or even the common cold before people wake up? As for the federal judges, like this one and Greer in Knoxville, I have to wonder how much they were paid to decide that they were Gods. It is a left wing group that is funding thee legal bills for 4 or 5 families with disabled children to mandate masks for tens of thousands of students in each city/county and they are filing these suits all across the country! Ask for the virus, ONLY 10 PEOPLE IN THE WORLD HAVE DIED FROM OMICRON! Not WITH Omicron but FROM Omicron. Can we stop this now? People who are so terrified are suffering from a mass hysteria psychosis!


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