An Eau Claire teenager refused to stay home and quarantine after a “close contact,” so the school district obtained a “court order by the end of the day with four armed police officers ready to remove her from school,” the girl’s mother says. Now the teenager and school district are engaged in a civil court battle over the matter, she says.
On Sept. 30, 2021, the mother, Kita Busse wrote, “I don’t normally talk politics, and what’s happening right now is a polarizing topic. Pixie would never put others at risk, and she has immunity to Covid, but was quarantined for a close contact at school.”
Busse said the girl “made the decision on her own to attend school anyway. Before she left, she told me, ‘I understand now how scared Rosa Parks must have been when she sat in the front of the bus’! When she arrived at her first class, they removed all of the other kids from the room to isolate her. The principal said, ‘You might as well just go home, because I can do this all day.’ She responded, ‘So can I.’ I feel absolutely nauseous that she’s going through this, but I’m proud of her for standing up for her right to an education.”
We asked Eau Claire police about the allegation that four armed police officers were involved. Joshua Miller, spokesman for Eau Claire Police Department, told Wisconsin Right Now: “The incident you are referring to was handled by the Eau Claire Area School District and the Eau Claire County City/County Health Department. Our agency never had contact with the student or their parent. Police administrative staff (non-uniformed officers) were on scene to answer any questions should they arise. For details regarding the decisions made by the Eau Claire Area School District and the Eau Claire County City/County Health Department I would refer you to them.”
Teri Piper Thompson, Communications Manager for the Eau Claire Area School District, said in an email to Wisconsin Right Now, “Since the situation you mentioned involves quarantining and a court order, you should reach out to the Eau Claire City County Health Department or an Eau Claire County judicial spokesperson.” The court system directed us to the corporation counsel for Eau Claire county, who said he can’t comment on any cases involving a juvenile.
Wisconsin Right Now emailed and called Eau Claire City-County Health Department Director Lieske Giese but didn’t hear back. We also called the office and were referred to Giese and left another message.
Kita Busse, the Eau Claire mother, wrote about the situation in a series of public Facebook posts (WRN has reached out to her for an interview). We received a tip from a concerned parent in Eau Claire and decided to look into the situation. The mother revealed that there is a court case into the situation in front of Eau Claire County Circuit Judge Sarah Harless. Busse works as a Movement Coach at 180 Firearms Training.
We ran the teen’s name in court records and discovered that there, is, in fact a case in front of Harless. It’s sealed by the judge, however. The mother said on Facebook that the case is a civil case.
The girl “received a court order by the end of the day with four armed police officers ready to remove her from school,” Busse wrote of her daughter. “I met with them, and upon receiving the order, took Pixie home myself to prevent trauma, but it was already the end of the school day. She was very respectful, but stood her ground for an entire day of manipulation. We will be appearing in court as a result of her decision to go to school as a healthy individual.”
The Eau Claire School district treats vaccinated and non-vaccinated students differently when it comes to quarantining over a close contact, according to its policy.
The school district’s quarantine policy requires quarantining for students where there is a close contact with a positive case, if a student is not vaccinated. The quarantine policy for grades 4k to 12 requires students to quarantine for 14 days. If they have no symptoms and show a negative test, then the quarantine is only 7 days.
No quarantine is required for grades 6-12 if the student is vaccinated and has no symptoms. Close contact is defined as a student having been within six feet of a COVID positive person for cumulative 15 minutes. The district requires masks for high school students. The week of Sept. 19-25, 946 students were quarantined.
Busse, who gave her daughter’s full name on Facebook, added, “Update: we go to court Monday at 0830. I’ve put in calls to several lawyers trying to secure someone on such short notice (I received the court date and time at 7pm tonight). (The teen) will still be quarantined by court order at that time, so court will be held on Zoom (where she can be muted). The director of the health department in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Lieske Giese, stated to me via phone call yesterday that (the girl) would need to appear before judge Harless ‘to receive her punishment.’ The public health department and this judge are trying to make an example of (the girl). She did not commit any crime, and quarantined immediately upon receiving the order. I hope that her strength shines through, so that this little girl cannot be used as a tool of public manipulation.”
In her most recent post on Oct. 1, Busse wrote, “Update: I’m am getting the court date moved, but they will only go as far as Tuesday morning. I have not yet gotten any return calls from lawyers. In speaking with the opposition’s lawyer, he stated there are no charges and agreed that if she has a negative test by then, what are we even talking about?”