Brother and sister banned from high school for not wearing masks

Their father said wearing masks violates their religious beliefs.

Students Drew and Victoria Nelson’s

The father of two high school students in California says his children are being discriminated against due to their religious beliefs after they refused to wear masks on the primary day of faculty and are now banned from campus.

“They were sent home and told to not come with or without a mask,” said Gary Nelson, whose children, Drew, 17, and Victoria, 16, attend the Springs Charter Schools Temecula center. “If they are doing, they might be charged with trespassing.”

Nelson said Drew, a senior, and Victoria, a junior, were booted from the campus on Aug. 19 once they declined to wear masks due to their religious beliefs.

“The Bible says we’re made within the image of God and Satan tries to hide that up. A mask may be a sign of oppression,” Nelson said Thursday. “If it had been Muslim, Jewish, or something of a more high-profile minority religion during this country, yes, they might have accommodated … just to mention they weren’t discriminating supported that religion. But they feel safe because it’s Christianity.”

Refusal to wear a mask isn’t a tenet of the Christian faith.

Nelson said that his children weren’t expelled, that they need access to schoolwork which they were told they might continue their studies reception online but that teachers haven’t been aware of their needs.

He declined to answer whether his children are vaccinated. He said they excel academically and are college-bound.

Nelson said that Victoria was told to travel to the principal’s office after she showed up without a mask on but that the principal wasn’t in, so she returned to the classroom. that’s when the teacher evacuated the space and police were called, he said. a faculty resource officer confronted Victoria and told her to go away campus hours after the ordeal began, he said.

The campus went on a “soft lockdown,” consistent with an email an assistant principal sent to oldsters. Generally, a soft lockdown means school doors are locked but teaching continues.

Principal Rebecca Fabozzi didn’t answer an email seeking comment Thursday, and multiple phone calls to the varsity weren’t returned.

Fabozzi said during a letter to Nelson that his children were disruptive which they were violating the mandate from the California Department of Public Health or CDPH, that students wear masks publicly in schools. She also listed nine other ways the siblings had did not follow school rules and policies.

“Each of your students refused to suits the CDPH mask mandate for public schools. When asked by staff to wear a face covering, your students refused to comply,” Fabozzi wrote. “When asked to go away the varsity premise and continue the day on home independent study, your student refused to go away the campus. Our resource officer arrived, and your student was directed to go away campus.”

She ended the letter by saying that due to the disruption, Nelson’s children would remain on independent study reception with full access to curriculums, resources, and teachers.

Victoria said standing up for her principles has not been easy.

“It’s hard to face up for what’s right. We chose to not wear a mask because it’s not just an excuse. It’s truly what we believe,” she said. “For me, I used to be nervous. I’m always respectful to each authority, especially teachers. i buy alongside all the staff, teachers, and other students. it had been hard to try to do .”

Source: www.nbcnews.com