Missouri helmet law has become a lightning rod for lawsuits

A former Missouri school administrator is seeking to sue the state after she was caught on camera wearing a head-to-toe helmet.

The lawsuit, filed Monday, says former state superintendent of public instruction Brenda Bostick violated state law by giving the students of a high school in a predominantly African-American neighborhood permission to wear helmets, and the head-covering was not approved by school officials.

It says Bostack has violated state ethics laws by failing to notify students of her intention to wear a helmet.

The suit says Bountick is the first in the state to wear one.

Bostack resigned as superintendent in June.

A spokesman for the state Education Department did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The suit says school districts across Missouri are now required to put helmets on students who wear them, and that Bosticks actions violated the state’s helmet law, which requires schools to give students the opportunity to wear protective headgear at all times.

The law was enacted in 2014, and it was supposed to go into effect in 2020.

The law is designed to protect students and teachers from injuries from head injuries.