Hearing for mask mandate case against Coffee County Schools held Sept. 8

Pictured are Nico Sanfilippo and Heather Murchison, Nico’s mother, on Sept. 8.

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A hearing for an injunction in the case against Coffee County Schools was held Sept. 8 in Manchester. Coffee County Circuit Court Vanessa Jackson is handling the case, according to plaintiff Heather Murchison. Murchison filed a lawsuit against Director of Coffee County Schools Dr. Charles Lawson and the Coffee County Board of Education in August after her son, Nico Sanfilippo, was disciplined for not wearing a mask.

The complaint alleges the mask mandate approved by the school board on Aug. 10 violates state law.

“(The judge) said both sides made a great case,” Murchison said. “So we wait maybe three weeks.”

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Lawson said in August his comments on a case involving legal action against the district will be very limited, adding “the board attorney has advised that the board of education is well within their legal rights to make a mask requirement as was done at the board meeting on August 10.”

Lawson said today, “I cannot comment further on issues that are under active litigation.”

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