A 12-year-old girl is suing her school for making pupils wear a face mask.
Sheffield girl suing school for enforcing the wearing of face masks. Her case argues that Tapton Academy School Trust in Sheffield may cause both staff and pupils “serious harm” by making them wear the coverings.
Her lawyer, Francis Hoar, requested an interim order on Friday to prevent the school from using the mask rule.
Currently the girl is exempt from wearing a mask at the school.
During a remote hearing Mr Hoar said “The school’s policy risks causing children serious harm to their physical health and their mental health.
If the trust had done its job properly it would have gathered evidence and reached a view as to the effectiveness of this particular measure, but it has done no such thing.”
He went on to state that mask wearing at the school was strictly and aggressively enforced.
However a lawyer representing the school trust, Ben Bentley, said this was not the case and the school only “encouraged” pupils to wear them.
He said preventing the trust from encouraging mask-wearing could cause pupils who agreed with the policy to bring their own cases against it.
When asked Tapton Academy School Trust said it was only following the Government’s ruling on COVID measures. A ruling will be given by the judge at a later date.