An attorney for the Gananda mother accused of being involved in a physical altercation with a bus monitor recently says the family is taking action.
Laine Mulye, 35, of Macedon was charged with harassment and endangering the welfare of a child after a physical altercation with the unnamed monitor.
The school has exceptions for masking on buses. Mulye’s attorney, Chad Hummel, an outspoken critic of mask mandates and other COVID-related regulations, said that in this case the student fell into one of the exception categories.
“Soon after getting on, the bus monitor basically started screaming at this young child who has special needs,” Hummel explained to 13WHAM. “That’s where my client stepped in on behalf of her son.”
Police say the verbal and physical altercation continued to escalate. Hummel says Muyle’s son has a medical exemption and isn’t required to wear a mask. He says the school knew a doctor’s note was forthcoming.
He says the superintendent was aware of the upcoming medical notice, but that didn’t prevent the incident from unfolding.
Mulye has been outspoken about mask requirements in schools. She spoke at a virtual hearing over the summer on the topic.
“If that means parents choosing to mask their children, then that is their right,” she said at the time. “In the same, I implore the Gananda School District to please make masks optional.”
Hummel claims Mulye is being targeted for her stance on masks. The district disputes it.
The incident did result in Mulye’s son being suspended from use of the bus for a week.
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