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Florida high school student arrested after refusing to wear mask, lawyer calls it ‘government abuse’

A 16-year-old boy was arrested last month after refusing to wear a face mask at a Florida high school amid the coronavirus pandemic, a report said Tuesday.

The law firm of Jose Rivas, the family’s attorney, called the incident “government abuse” of a teen suffering from panic attacks, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

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“We will be seeking just and fair compensation for the illegal arrest … and the harm that this action caused him,” the law firm said in a statement.

The teen’s mother told the paper her son has an anxiety disorder. She said he was arrested after having gone to the school office for feeling panicky from having trouble breathing in the mask.

“Should they be arresting a 16-year-old child knowing he already has a medical condition?” Rivas told the paper.

The Winter Springs High School sophomore, whose name was redacted on the Sept. 17 report from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, was arrested after refusing to wear a mask and abide by other school rules, which violated a probation order that required him to maintain good behavior in school, the paper reported.

The sheriff’s report said that starting on Sept. 1 the teen refused to obey rules, including wearing a mask and social distancing, and that he received a warning. The report said he also was caught vaping in the cafeteria.

On Sept. 17, he was seen again not wearing a mask and refused to put one on. A deputy then arrested him and brought him to a juvenile detention center. The sheriff’s office told the newspaper the arrest was for probation violations, not violations of the school district’s mask rules.

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The student has not returned to the school and his mother told the paper he would complete an online education program.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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east London shoppers on mask law

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In some of Barking’s busiest shops on Monday, dozens of customers browsed the aisles maskless and unchallenged. Even some security guards – who are being asked by the east London borough’s council to enforce the law requiring masks indoors – had their faces uncovered.



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Still others had pulled their coverings down to expose their noses and mouths as they browsed at close quarters in bustling supermarkets. Signage encouraging mask-wearing was sparse in many of the largest stores, while security presence in shop doorways was often barely noticeable.



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A mask sign in a shop window.

Some shoppers told the Guardian they thought mask-wearing was critical to protect the public and supported a council-led crackdown – though they said police should be the enforcers, not shop workers.

“Personally, I think it is very important to wear a mask in shops and other places, especially when interaction with the public so that we protect other people,” said Nimisha Unnadkat.



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Nimisha Unnadkat: ‘There needs to be some action … there should be fines.’ Photograph: Graeme Robertson/The Guardian

The 54-year-old, who lives in the nearby borough of Havering and travels in for work, added: “A lot of people are not doing it and there should be fines imposed. The government should be doing that, not the police, not the shopkeepers etc. They are not in a position to do so.

“You see people on public transport who do not seem to think it is necessary. If the central government is not with it, and the council want to do so to keep us safe, then I think they should be dealing with it because there needs to be some action.”

Liam Kay, 71, from Beckton, agreed mask-wearing was essential, singling out the public transport network and shops. He thought it was so important that, while he was exempt from wearing one, he did so anyway.

“When I see people walking about and they are not wearing a mask I think it is not fair,” he said. But he added: “I do see a lot of people but I do not say anything. It is very hard on people. They have had enough. They have been locked up in their houses for ages and I cannot blame them.”



a man wearing a suit and tie: Peter Petrovich: ‘The mask will not protect us.’ Photograph: Graeme Robertson/The Guardian


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Peter Petrovich: ‘The mask will not protect us.’ Photograph: Graeme Robertson/The Guardian

He said he didn’t want the government to resort to stricter enforcement measures on face coverings, saying it would be difficult to build support. “But people should be wearing their masks because they are setting an example, not least for children. People should be more responsible.”

But Peter Petrovich, 38, from Barking, said he thought it was too late to

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