Strange, because when WFLA 8 asked Dr. Busch about that he said, “I myself, I will tell you I have not given exemptions to any parents that I have not met with.” Then again, he also said, “This is not a political thing. I am not an anti-mask person or an anti-vaxx person, but I am a pro-freedom, pro-choice person.” Of course, this begs the question: Is Mr. Busch acting as a doctor?
These exemptions seem to be directly affecting the Sarasota County School District. After reports about Busch came out, the school district announced Tuesday night that exemptions can only be signed by “medical doctors, osteopathic physicians, licensed or advanced registered nurse practitioners.” What this means for the 500+ exemptions Busch signed school officials have not yet made a final decision, but there is a good chance that these exemptions will be nullified.
Busch, meanwhile, has hired a lawyer because he’s kinda maybe in a little bit of trouble now (fingers crossed). His lawyer, Bryan Kessler, told the Herald-Tribune that the district’s new policy that cuts out chiropractors as “medical professionals” is super problematic. In an email he wrote that “It seems that if the School Board is taking the position that chiropractors are unqualified to sign the mask exemption forms, then it goes without saying they are likewise unqualified to determine whether a student is physically fit enough to participate in school athletics. Perhaps the School Board can clarify its position on this in the future.” Perhaps Mr. Busch can give a single-fucking medical reason for a single exemption he approved?
Sarasota County School District defied Gov. DeSantis’ attempts to make mask mandates illegal and started a 90-day county-wide school mask mandate on Monday. On Friday, Judicial Circuit Court Judge John C. Cooper ruled that Gov. DeSantis’ attempts to ban mask mandates in schools was unconstitutional. This is what has led to Dr. Busch’s boost in business. Of course, Dr. Busch isn’t a conman, and he told WFLA 8 that he’s signing all of these exemptions for free. Then again, he also said he was checking to see if there was a legitimate reason for these people’s children to receive medical exemptions, and that does not seem to be an honest statement.
The Sunshine State has seen a surge in COVID-19 illnesses, hospitalizations, and death, as has much of the country as the more infectious Delta variant of the virus spreads. On top of these surging numbers are reports that Gov. DeSantis, best known for probably being a true sociopath, and his lackeys have been manipulating statistics and data in order to create the illusion that the COVID-19 cases are not too bad. That means that as bad as it seems in Florida, it is likely a lot worse.
According to US News & World Report, the Sarasota County School District is made up of 61 schools in total, educating 43,111 children from preschool through high school.
Watch the local news story on Mr. Busch, and pay attention to the number of times he shakes his head and blinks when confronted by the fact that he might be kinda a liar.