In Pennsylvania, the Child Protective Services Code specifies that “Interfering with the breathing of’a child”, any child, is considered Child Abuse and Mandated Reporters (which includes all school staff) are required to report such abuses. This law has not been suspended by the General Assembly and the mandate put forth by the Governor under the Disease Prevention and Control Law of 1955 does not supersede this code. According to the provisions of pa code Title 23 § 6303 (b.LM8i1) and relating to child abuse, constitutes interference with the breathing of a child.
Additionally, the mask order, combined with the mandatory social distancing guidelines for children, constitutes unreasonable restraint or confinement of a child, and therefore inflicts on the children of this Commonwealth a clear instance of child abuse under the law. Further, the mask order encourages and ultimately forces adults who are mandated reporters to enable and participate in the very actions prescribed by the Commonwealth’s child abuse laws.