Laramie High School Student Arrest Shows Dangerous Government Overreach

The arrest of a teenaged student at Laramie High School is further proof of hysterical government overreach and infringement on people’s individual rights. The student was arrested after she declined to wear a mask and then failed to leave school property.


This follows closely on the heels of an announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice that they will be targeting parents and other citizens who have strenuously objected to public school policies regarding coronavirus restrictions, Critical Race Theory, and other issues.


Harriet Hageman, Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Wyoming, today issued the following statement:


“Every day that passes we see more and more examples of a government run amok, both on the local and federal levels.


“The Albany County School District imposed a mask mandate, despite little scientific evidence supporting such an order in schools, and a straight-A student decided to fight the tyranny. She took a courageous stand, knowing that she would be singled out and subjected to ridicule and peer pressure. When she was suspended, she still wanted to have access to the education to which she is entitled. For the police to arrest her for trespassing, when she was only attempting to avail herself of the education Wyoming is required to provide her, is the epitome of overreaction and indicates a slide into authoritarianism.


“This reminds me very much of what U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland is up to, after he ordered the FBI and federal prosecutors to help investigate parents who object to school policies around the country. We’ve all seen parents trying to address local school boards, upset about Covid restrictions, Critical Race Theory, or sexually explicit books placed in libraries in the name of inclusion. Rather than consider parents’ point of view, the Biden administration’s response is to bring the weight of the FBI down on parents and try to stamp out any dissenting voices.


“The 1st Amendment is under direct assault both locally and nationally, and enough is enough. More than 60 members of Congress signed a letter to Attorney General Garland, demanding to know why the federal government is targeting parents engaged in civic involvement, and Liz Cheney was not among them. As I have said many times, it’s painfully obvious that the people of Wyoming do not currently have representation in the House of Representatives.


“When I am a member of Congress, I will fight against such outrageous government overreach and support the right of people to be involved in their government. I will not sit idly by and watch while the government tramples on freedom after freedom, until we have nothing left. I have been battling runaway government for most of my professional career and I will gladly enter the fight to defend Wyoming in Washington, D.C.


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