WATCH: 16-Year-Old High School Girl Arrested For Not Wearing Mask At School, Community Comes Together To Support Her (VIDEO)
A 16-year-old girl in Wyoming was jailed and the whole school was put on lockdown because she refused to wear a mask.
Grace Smith, 16, had previously been suspended from Laramie High School in Wyoming twice for refusing to wear masks in class on two previous occasions.
As the courageous student tried to return to class unmasked for the second time, she was confronted by authorities and issued a $500 penalty. When she was informed she needed to leave the school, she refused to leave her seat. She was handcuffed and taken into custody at that moment.
At one point during the unfolding of the crisis, an announcement over the loudspeaker said that “we are in a lockdown; please stay in your rooms.”
Meet Grace. She's a 16 year old girl who's showing more courage than most men right now. She's refusing to comply with the mask mandate her Wyoming school board is trying to force. She was fined and arrested. Here's her arrest. She's a hero.
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) October 9, 2021
Reports from RT say that Grace will be expelled from her high school if she continues to accrue punishments — but the high school junior has no intention of giving up her fight.
As she explained to the Laramie Boomerang, “Everybody has the freedom to wear a mask if they choose, but I believe everybody also has the right to not wear a mask if they choose.”
The Smith family has retained the services of an attorney in order to fight back. A fundraising campaign on GiveSendGo to assist them has already collected more than $50,000.
“Grace is a high school junior. She is a beautiful young lady who is kind, caring, and compassionate. She loves dance and theater and is a good student. Grace has chosen to exercise her rights and attend school without wearing a mask. The local school board has voted to enforce a universal mask policy that we believe is unlawful and in violation of the constitution of the state of Wyoming,” according to the fundraiser’s description.
“Grace has endured suspensions and was arrested for not wearing a mask. She has also been targeted by peers and school staff members for exercising her rights,” the fundraising description continues. “Grace is raising funds to help with the legal cost of defending her civil liberties and the civil liberties of other students in Wyoming who are enduring the same unlawful treatment. By supporting this fight for their liberties, you are helping ensure the rights of every citizen of the state of Wyoming.”
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