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Mask exemptions based on religious beliefs granted in Williamson Co. schools

Oct 26, 2020

By Levi Ismail

Parents in Williamson County are applying for mask exemptions based on religion and school officials from both districts say little stands in their way.

Franklin Special School District is hardly the only district where these rules apply. They just happen to be one of the few willing to be transparent about what it takes for a student to obtain one of these exemptions.

Abby Kate Burns of Franklin found out about the exemptions, a lot like NewsChannel 5 did, from a post on the unmasked Williamson County Facebook page.

The post showed parents making comparisons between Muslim religious attire and the freedoms they too should be offered. One post read, “since masking is most definitely against my Christian faith, I’m going to use a religious exemption to fight for my kids to return to school mask free.”

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