Texas AG Paxton sues more districts, including Paris ISD, which incorporated masks into dress code

The Texas attorney general’s office filed even more lawsuits on Tuesday against districts that require students to wear masks to school.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced it filed suit against nine more school districts, including Waco and Paris ISDs. In August, Paris — a 3,800-student district about 100 miles northeast of Dallas — added masks as part of the school’s dress code “to address health issues in light of [the] pandemic.”

On Friday, Paxton filed a lawsuit against Richardson ISD, following through on his pledge to sue school districts who mandate masks.

The districts defied Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order prohibiting local entities from requiring masks. The RISD trustees voted in early September to affirm Superintendent Jeannie Stone’s decision to require face coverings, after they were forced to close an elementary school because of a spike in COVID-19 cases and a sixth grader was admitted into the intensive care unit.
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