On Tuesday, Judge D. Tyler Tharpe said Immanuel Schools admitted to the conditions of contempt of court - violating the order without good cause or substantial justification.
He called their willful violation of the court order "despicable" and "worthy of punishment."
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The judge said he would suspend most of the sanctions if the school district sticks to the terms of its agreement with Fresno County - including a stricter masking policy, social distancing enforcement, and surveillance testing of adult staff members.
Judge Tharpe asks if they violated without good cause or substantial justification.— Corin Hoggard (@corinhoggard) October 20, 2020
Immanuel attorneys argue they had good cause b/c of impact on their families + they believe they had herd immunity.
“Didn’t I address that in my ruling?” judge asks. “The arguments were rejected.”
Reminder: Part of the settlement agreement states Immanuel can’t appeal the judge’s ruling.— Corin Hoggard (@corinhoggard) October 20, 2020
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