Upon assuming office, one of Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s (R) first orders of business was to shoot down mask mandates in schools, making the wearing of masks completely optional.
As expected, the executive order apparently upset what’s left of the Karen mask police, which apparently includes Arlington Circuit Court Judge Louise DiMatteo, who sided with schools in issuing a temporary restraining order against Youngkin’s order, allowing schools to keep mask mandates in place, should they choose to do so, according to Fox News.
“Having addressed all aspects of whether a temporary restraining order should issue, the Court concludes that the School Boards’ Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order with regard to optional masking of children should be granted,” Judge DiMatteo wrote in the decision.
She added: “To the extent that the public would be affected by a change in policy, the Court concludes that consistency, during the pendency of a court case, benefits the public interest.”
There was a shockingly large effort from a number of school districts to keep the mask mandate in place, which included districts from Alexandria City, Arlington County, City of Richmond, Fairfax County, Falls Church City, Hampton City, and Prince William County.
Macaulay Porter, a spokesman for Younkin’s office, issued an immediate statement upon the judge’s asinine ruling, vowing to fight it via appeal.
“The governor will never stop fighting for parents’ ability to choose what is best for their children,” said Porter. “The governor often said that this is not a pro-mask or anti-mask debate. It’s about parents knowing what’s best for their child’s health, and opting-out should there be a mask mandate.”
Porter added: “This is about what’s best for their kid’s health and who can best make that decision. We are going to appeal, this is just the first step in the judicial process.”
While this is a temporary setback for Youngkin and common sense, reasonable parents, the new governor certainly does not appear to be the kind of man willing to accept a loss. Expect Younkin and his team to take the matter as high as it needs to go in order to fight for freedom in the commonwealth.