A father in Towson, Maryland, was forcefully ejected from a local town hall forum for asking the wrong question.
Robert Small had concerns over the Common Core education initiative, feeling that it was dumbing down the curriculum in his local school district.
“My question is, how does lowering America’s educational standards prepare kids for community college?” asked Small, before soon being approached by a security guard — who was also an off-duty cop — and being dragged away from his seat.
The outspoken father then implored the crowd to take action. “Don’t stand for this,” said Small. “You’re sitting here like cowards. You have questions!”
Apparently, Small didn’t follow the proper protocol of submitting his question in writing ahead of the meeting, which is why he was taken outside, and eventually arrested.
Small now faces jail time for the incident, or a fine of up to $2,500.
Rent-a-cop gets aggressive.
Rent-a-cop gets his handcuffs out to further threaten the father.
At about the 2:50 mark, the rent-a-cop apparently shoves Mr. Small through a closed gymnasium door. If anyone in the situation committed assault, it was the rent-a-cop.
Mr. Small wasn’t doing anything wrong or illegal. He was doing what every parent should do, in being involved in his children’s education. But apparently being involved doesn’t include being informed.
The security guard, who is reportedly a police officer who was working at the meeting in his off-duty time, needs to be investigated. Was race a factor in his decision to first manhandle an innocent father and then charge that father with crimes? Did he inform Mr. Small that he is a police officer? He apparently did not in the recorded sequence above.
The administrators who led the meeting need to be investigated. How was the meeting security trained? What were they told to look and listen for? Why were they only addressing edited and softball questions? What are they so intent to hide that they had security try to humiliate a father and ruin his life with criminal charges?