Who is Sofia Steele? Wiki, Biography, Age, Educators Tied Mask To Student’s Face

Sofia Steele

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Florida school officials forced Sofia Steele with Down Syndrome to wear a mask by tying it to her head for six weeks, her angry dad claims.

On Oct. 7, Sofia stepped off of the school bus with a mask, wet from her saliva, tied to her head with a thin nylon string


She is 7 years old.

Incident Detail

A Florida father is accusing educators at his daughter’s elementary school of forcing his daughter with Down syndrome to wear a mask by tying it to her head for about six weeks.

Jeffery Steele’s daughter, Sofia Steele, is nonverbal and has an enlarged tongue. On Oct. 7, Sofia stepped off the school bus with a mask, wet from her saliva, tied to her head with a thin, nylon string, Steele told Fox News Digital, but she did not leave for school with a mask on that day or any day prior.

Sofia has an individual education plan (IEP), and educators are supposed to inform parents of any changes made to their children’s IEPs, Steele said.

But the school never informed him or his wife that they would require Sofia to wear a mask, and no one asked the parents for their consent in tying it to her face during school.

Steele emphasized that his daughter breathes through her mouth and cannot speak, so wearing a mask is dangerous for her health in more ways than one.

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In September, Ocean Breeze Elementary School in Indian Harbour Beach implemented its mask mandate in defiance of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ efforts to ban schools from requiring children to wear masks.

“The student was given a medical mask exemption as soon as the mother made the request to school leadership,” Brevard Public Schools Chief Strategic Communications Officer Russell Bruhn said in a statement. “The school district is investigating and is in the process of gathering all the facts. BPS strives to ensure each student has the best educational experience possible and will continue in that effort.”

Steele went to the school on Oct. 12 with the service officer assigned to the school to demand answers. He waited several days to voice his concerns because he needed to “take some time” to collect himself, he said. It was at that meeting that school personnel allegedly admitted to Steele that they had been tying Sofia’s mask to her face or holding it in place with hair clips for about six weeks without her parents’ consent.

Steele has hired an attorney and pulled Sofia out of the school; he told Fox.

The family has launched a campaign titled “Sofia’s Rights” on the Christian fundraising site GiveSendGo and raised over $30,000.

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