The Clearfield County District Attorney’s office is joining other District Attorneys across the commonwealth in announcing that it will not prosecute those who violate the Wolf Administration’s school mask mandate, which went into effect on Tuesday, Sept. 7.
Clearfield County District Attorney Ryan Sayers released a statement Wednesday afternoon that his office will not criminally prosecute those who violate the statewide mandate.
Blair County District Attorney Pete Weeks and the York County District Attorney’s office also announced this week that they too will not prosecute violators of the mandate.
“I agree with my fellow District Attorneys across the Commonwealth and am directing that this new mask mandate not be enforced via criminal citations in Clearfield County,” said DA Sayers. “However, it is worth noting that my directive only applies to criminal liability and does NOT extend to or affect any civil or administrative actions that may be authorized by the Governor’s Order, specifically sanctions by school officials. The authority of the District Attorney is limited to criminal enforcement of the Commonwealth’s laws, and does not have the right to interfere with the decisions of school boards and school administrators.”
Sayers also noted that similar to in Blair County, his office received numerous phone calls and messages from law enforcement, school personnel, and parents about the impact of the mandate.