Mom sues school district after child contracts COVID-19

A mother is suing the Waukesha School District after she said her son contracted COVID-19 from a classmate.Continuing Coverage: Coronavirus in WisconsinShannon Jensen filed the lawsuit in federal court on Oct. 5 against the Waukesha School District and school board.Jensen is seeking an injunction ordering the district to comply with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 guidelines. According to the lawsuit, the board in May removed a student face mask requirement and other COVID-19 mitigation measures. The lawsuit said one of Jensen’s son’s classmates came to Rose Glen Elementary School with symptoms in September and didn’t wear a mask. Jensen’s son was seated next to the sick student and was wearing a mask but still became infected. Her other two sons later tested positive as well. The lawsuit said the district threw her son and other students “…into the COVID-19 ‘snake pit’ by its ‘reckless refusal to implement reasonable COVID-19 mitigation measures.'”The lawsuit requests Class Action status for the case, which could extend any ruling to school districts across Wisconsin. “There are a lot of parents out there who aren’t able to bring a suit within their own school district but are frustrated with their school boards listening, you know, to just the loudest people in the room, and not necessarily taking the recommendation of the experts into consideration at all,” said lawyer Frederick Melms, who represents Jensen in the case.The suit does not seek monetary damages. School Board President Joseph Como declined to comment on the lawsuit. The Minocqua Brewing Company Super PAC is funding the lawsuit. The brewing company is owned by Kirk Bangstad, who has aired his frustrations about how former President Donald Trump’s administration responded to the pandemic. He ran unsuccessfully against incumbent Republican state Rep. Rob Swearingen last year. Sign up for coronavirus email alerts from WISNGet breaking news alerts with the WISN 12 app.Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

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A mother is suing the Waukesha School District after she said her son contracted COVID-19 from a classmate.

Continuing Coverage: Coronavirus in Wisconsin

Shannon Jensen filed the lawsuit in federal court on Oct. 5 against the Waukesha School District and school board.

Jensen is seeking an injunction ordering the district to comply with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 guidelines.

According to the lawsuit, the board in May removed a student face mask requirement and other COVID-19 mitigation measures.

The lawsuit said one of Jensen’s son’s classmates came to Rose Glen Elementary School with symptoms in September and didn’t wear a mask.

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Jensen’s son was seated next to the sick student and was wearing a mask but still became infected.

Her other two sons later tested positive as well.

The lawsuit said the district threw her son and other students “…into the COVID-19 ‘snake pit’ by its ‘reckless refusal to implement reasonable COVID-19 mitigation measures.'”

The lawsuit requests Class Action status for the case, which could extend any ruling to school districts across Wisconsin.

“There are a lot of parents out there who aren’t able to bring a suit within their own school district but are frustrated with their school boards listening, you know, to just the loudest people in the room, and not necessarily taking the recommendation of the experts into consideration at all,” said lawyer Frederick Melms, who represents Jensen in the case.

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The suit does not seek monetary damages.

School Board President Joseph Como declined to comment on the lawsuit.

The Minocqua Brewing Company Super PAC is funding the lawsuit.

The brewing company is owned by Kirk Bangstad, who has aired his frustrations about how former President Donald Trump’s administration responded to the pandemic.

He ran unsuccessfully against incumbent Republican state Rep. Rob Swearingen last year.

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