Fiona Lashells is a brave 8-year-old who, with her parents’ support, waged an epic campaign of civil disobedience which ultimately ended in a victory for her — and all who cherish personal liberty.
For over two months, this second-grader and her family waged a stand-off with the school board over their childhood mask mandate. As the days of resistance grew, so did their popularity, eventually coming to a head this month.
On Monday, for the first time in months, Fiona walked onto her elementary school campus without a mask and with the reception akin to a returning war veteran.
Fiona had been suspended nearly 40 times for her choice not to wear a mask. Even after the state ended mask mandates in July, the Palm Beach County School board continued to keep it in place, much to the chagrin of the thousands of children and parents.
Fiona’s campaign of resistance gained national attention when she went before the school board in September and told them that “your rules suck,” adding “I hope you all go to jail for doing this to me.”
“Just because I get suspended for not wearing a mask isn’t going to change my mind. You can keep suspending me, I still have the right not to wear a mask,” the girl urged.