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Coffee County Schools Director and Board of Education Sued over Mask Mandate

Manchester resident Heather Murchison, mother of Coffee County Central High School student Nico Sanfilippo, has filed a lawsuit against Director of Coffee County Schools Dr. Charles Lawson and the Coffee County Board of Education.

According to the Manchester Times, the complaint alleges the mask mandate approved by the school board violates state law.

Murchison filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief.

Murchison is asking the court to enter a judgement finding that the board’s mandate is illegal because it denied Nico equal access to education opportunities. Plaintiff also asks that the court enter a temporary injunction prohibiting defendants from enforcing the board’s mandate. The plaintiffs ask to be awarded their costs and attorney fees necessitated by this action, according to the complaint.

The school board’s attorney has said the system is well within their legal rights to make a mask requirement as was done at the board meeting on August 10.

Parham Law Offices represents Murchison.

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. Lucky has done play-by-play for over 3,445 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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