A parent in Towson, Md., was arrested Thursday night at a public forum after vocally expressing his concerns about the Baltimore County School District’s plan to use Common Core standards in its curriculum.
Robert Small, a concerned father, was forcefully removed from the meeting by a police officer after he interrupted Baltimore County Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance during the question-and-answer portion of the forum.
The meeting apparently didn’t allow parents to stand up and ask questions or comment. Parents and other attendants were instead asked to write their questions on a piece of paper and officials would read them.
However, Small began speaking out against the district’s use of Common Core, prompting a security guard, who was also a police officer, to approach him and order him to leave. “Let’s go!” he said sternly.
When Small didn’t immediately comply, the officer began pulling his arm and pushing him towards the exit. Some audience members gasped at the cop’s use of force.
“Don’t stand for this,” the father said as he was dragged out. “You are sitting here like cattle! Is this America?”
Small also urged other parents to demand answers on Common Core and the curriculum being used to educate their children.
As the Baltimore Sun reports, the officer then “pushed Small and then escorted him into the hall, handcuffed him and had him sit on the curb in front of the school.”
Small was charged with second-degree assault of a police officer and faces a $2,500 fine and up to 10 years in prison. He was also charged with disturbing a school operation, which carries an additional $2,500 and up to six months in jail.
Small attempted to push the officer away when he first approached him, the police report claims. Watch the video and decide for yourself if Small assaulted the officer:
Despite some opposition from parents, the Maryland State Department of Education reportedly plans to go forward with its implementation of Common Core standards, joining 45 other states and Washington, D.C., in adopting the standards for the first time this year.
“Look, I am being manhandled and shut down because I asked inconvenient questions,” Small told the Baltimore Sun after the incident. “Why won’t they allow an open forum where there can be a debate? We are told to sit there and be lectured to about how great common core is.”
Wow, is this what we have to look forward to from the Obama Administration on how they plan to implement their unwanted and undesired polices and plans on America in the future? Mr Small was not resisting arrest; he was pushed and shoved by the security guard out of the room, but at no time was there any indication that he was arresting Mr. Small. It is obvious, the administration wants the sheeple to eat crow, shut up, and go along with whatever they want to push on us. My hat is off to Mr. Small for taking a stand. ALL OF US MUST BE PREPARED TO TAKE A STAND. Every day this is escalating and soon our Constitution and Freedoms will be mute unless we stand up to defend them when they are threatened. They do not want debate; they want it their way, and the sheeple better go along or it will be too bad for them. We cannot allow this to happen. Every incident they are pushing a little further and then further to see how much they can get away with. Every parent in that room should have stood up and demanded Mr. Small's question be answered, or else they should have walked out with him. Folks, we are going to have to stick together or go down when the ship goes down.
It appears to me that the "security guard/police officer" filed a false report about being assaulted. Also, board meetings are not "school operation"!
Unless the courts are more crooked than usual, he will walk. Indeed, the DA would be foolish to hand down any indictment for this; if the powers that be pursue this matter, Mr. Small and his attorney will have a nice payday at the expense of the taxpayers.
America is No longer that Nation I served to defend 69-77. While we were looking to SE Asia --and the USSR, and China the enemy crept in and infiltrated our institutions -and we have been led to accept the trade off --our essential liberties for the mere shadow of a promise of a little temporary safety. We are a people no longer fit ,in general--a very small remnant remains, but in general the majority of Americans I cannot recognize as freemen .
No Robert. I to was serving from 1970 to 74 right at the end of the et Nam conflict. Those that greeted you at the airport when you returned home or as you walked down the streets of your home town, those that were wading and bathing in the reflecting pool in DC and protesting at your city parks calling those that did their duty "baby killers" and spiting on you in public. These are the very people that are know running this failing government. Aka John Kerry and many more like him. You may have wond3red why you went to war? was it because it was your duty, or was it to maintain the constitutional principals of this nation? I venture to say both.
Ditto Darrell, `Ole Navy 65--74 Nam , then got spit--on arriving in San Diego..!
This is wrong and will not stand. Obama is not God he is the devil.
If this is allowed to go with out public challenged by those in that area, no all of us that believe in the Constitution. This will become the norm. When the governing body does not want to hear decent or any one else so they might get the truth of what the government is actually doing. This exactly what is and was the biggest contributing factor of the many people that have lost freedom and replaced by terrine because the governing body stifled their speech and freedom of assemble.
The country is at a turning point. Will it be peaceful? That will depend on the political elite, Those that wish to return to a smaller constructional government will address their grievances in a peaceful manner until they are forced into something kind of not of their choosing. Much the same way the events on the Lexington Green started the revolutionary war. Read the historical account.
This has already become the norm. I was thrown out of a "town hall" meeting with the mayor and a few others of the power structure in my small town here in southern California ten years ago. The meeting was a set-up to force my neighborhood to accept the city's foregone conclusion that all of the nearby streets would be converted to one-way operation. The meeting was organized as a Delphi operation, and I instantly recognized what was happening with the "written questions only" and so on format. I took to me feet and told the audience what was going on, and I was instantly in a toe-to-toe screaming match with the mayor.
I was arrested and ejected from the meeting. In the end, "We, the people..." prevailed, though. If I had not alerted my friends and neighbors to their imminent railroading, we would now be living with the inconvenience on one-way streets all around.
By the way, a couple of years after the meeting, the mayor and his cronies were arrested for various crimes involving public and private money. He is still, as far as I know, making license plates.
This is rediculous, you see, this is why we have to put to gether millions to get it done, this is what will happen to us when we revolt, we will try peacefully to ask a question, or say something and the govt will say we were out of order, Our police forces are to protect and serve not be a watch dog for idiot politicians, the cops are asking for it. they think they can just push and shove people around and then chicken out when they get called on it, "oh we were just following orders", frickin cowards, the legal system, the courts, the cops and the politicians in this country need an asskickin
Let's pray that there will be a public outcry from the other parents and that the local news media will show this video - but I doubt it. It is all so discouraging and maddening. Heaven help us, please.
Concerned parents (and they should all be concerned)....need to move children to a Home school situation...any parent can do it and there are local & National Home school groups that can help if there is any doubt...wee did it and glad we did...parents can work together with like minded individuals to help each other...if we can pull 20-30 million of our youth OUT of the public school systems...we can begin to make a difference in a society where the deck has been stacked against Patriots/conservative by the progressive establishment that holds immense power....and I am afraid...will continue to do so...with voter fraud, illegals voting, etc...etc...etc...NOT to mention the "Common Core" indoctrination of youth who will be voting in the upcoming elections.
What a crock this is. People just sit and alow this to continue, we are in a world of manure.