A 16-year-old student in Wyoming was arrested and the entire school was placed on lockdown — all because she refused to wear a mask.
Grace Smith, 16 years old, was suspended twice by Laramie High School in Wyoming because she refused to wear masks during class.
A brave student tried to return to class without being muzzled, but she was confronted by police who gave her a $500 ticket. After being told she had to go, she refused. She was then handcuffed, and she was arrested.
As the scene unfolded, a announcement was made over the loudspeaker that said: “we are in a lockdown, please stay in your rooms.”
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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. Her arrest was followed by a fine. Here’s her arrest. She’s a hero.
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— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) October 9, 2021
According to a report from RT, Grace will be expelled if she continues to collect suspensions — but the high school junior has no intention of backing down.
“I’m growing up in a country where I’m supposed to have my God-given rights to protect, and they’re being taken away,” she told 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.”
Smith’s family is now fighting back with an attorney. To help the Smith family, a GiveSendGo campaign has raised $18,000.
“Grace is a high school junior. Her beauty is evident in her kindness, compassion, and generosity. She is passionate about theater and dancing and is an outstanding student. Grace chose not to wear a mask and has chosen to take advantage of her rights. 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,” the fundraising page explains.
“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.”