‘Is this America?’ Parent arrested for speaking out against Common Core

The controversial new school curriculum known as Common Core has critics all over the country speaking out – including one parent who was arrested in Towson, Md., on Thursday.

Robert Small wanted to speak at a public forum hosted by the Maryland State Board of Education. While the format called for questions to be written on a piece of paper and given to the panel, Small stood in the audience and criticized the curriculum’s lower educational standards, saying children were being prepared for community colleges, according to the Baltimore Sun.

“You’re not preparing them for Harvard,” Small said.

When Small spoke, Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance told him that his questions would be answered. Small continued to speak until he was approached by a security guard.

The security guard, an off-duty Baltimore County police officer, showed his badge, pulled out handcuffs and pushed Small out of the forum, causing the audience to gasp, according to a YouTube video of the incident.

“Don’t stand for this,” Small said as he was being pushed out. “You are sitting here like cattle. Is this America?”

The Baltimore Sun described what happened next:

The officer pushed Small and then escorted him into the hall, handcuffed him and had him sit on the curb in front of the school. He was taken to the Towson precinct and detained. Small was charged with second-degree assault of a police officer, which carries a fine of $2,500 and up to 10 years in prison, and disturbing a school operation, which carries a fine of $2,500 and up to six months.

The Maryland State Department of Education held the forum to explain the Common Core curriculum, being implemented in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Debate over the curriculum has grown, with opposition coming from the far-left and the tea party protesting federal control over education.

“Look, I am being manhandled and shut down because I asked inconvenient questions,” Small told the Sun in an interview on Friday. “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.”

A research manager for the Department of Veteran Affairs, Small has a second-grader and a sixth-grader who attend Howard County schools. He told the newspaper that he had nothing against community colleges, but he would like for his children to receive an education worthy of a four-year college.

The altercation was captured on this YouTube video:

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at Cheryl@bizpacreview.com & on Twitter @CherylBPR

  • GENUG

    Sue the cop AND the Bd. of Ed, individually and in their official capacities – 42 USC 1983 litigation – time to fight back!

  • Kenneth Clark

    Wow. Its now to the point when a concerned parent is thrown in jail for defending HIS own children against the absolute garbage being shoved down their throats in the classroom.

    Seazen,
    If you watch this or read it, here is another piece of proof of the Progressive way. What is right about this?

    • Doug

      Ken. This is not civil disobedience. There was set of RULES to be followed and then his questions would be answered. Should we kowtow to the belligerent simply because they are belligerent?

      • Boobie_The_Rocket_Dog

        When the state is the enemy and it sets the rules, why should we play by them? The left coined the term “level playing field” but now they don’t want one?

        • Doug

          If you defy rules you accept the consequences. The country is not called Boobie the Rocket Dog.

          • lildebrarae

            How did he ‘defy the rules’ as ‘you’ call them?

          • gavinwca

            If that so called Police Officer, testifies in court that the citizen committed a felony assault on him , that Police Officer will have committed Perjury, a felony. The only person assaulted was the Citizen.

          • lildebrarae

            It was the “Citizen” I was ‘defending’.

          • gavinwca

            I knew that.

          • Pclages

            Sure the cop committed perjury, but let’s see him be prosecuted. Not gonna happen.

          • Stagester

            What if the rules are wrong apparently like in my school board meeting there were plants throwing up soft ball questions, even the crowd there said so.

          • aRareSaneOne

            And ze Dear Lear sayz ze New Rules are shutten ze mouth! Not von word! Ve shall rule You! Now pay $10,0000 to get out of ze jail, or go to FEMA, dogz!

        • Jackson_Howard

          Now, who defines who the enemy is? You? Bill O? Sean?

        • Aaron Barnes

          they liberals wants a level playing field if so than why do they support affirmative action they want a level playing field if it favors them.

      • Kenneth Clark

        Doug, they stated his question would be answered and then refused to hear his question.
        I have attended such “structured” affairs and they simply will not answer the tuff questions.
        They only want you to hear them.
        Now, that is not how it is supposed to be. He was not belligerent until he had been shoved several times by the off duty cop. But then, I think even you would have expressed some irritation by that time.

        • Doug

          Why couldn’t he have written his questions as everyone else did.

          • pappy

            why so they can pick and choose which questions they want to answer

          • Doug

            Pure supposition.

          • thinkingabovemypaygrade

            No. A reasonable supposition. Allowing the persons to verbalize their questions…is the better way to allow parental input. Anyone can discard the tough written questions and give answers to the softball questions. And they can avoid the direct dialogue with the questioner.

          • vastlyamused

            And how would they “answer” the question? Actually address the issues raised? Or simply restated their points, ignoring anything he wanted addressed? Having sat though many a “town hall”, and far too many board of supervisors meetings, school board meetings, etc, experience says the latter would be the result.

          • marcdepiolenc

            Exactly. Not allowing questions to be voiced in public can only be for one purpose: to filter out the ones not to be answered.

          • rhodes autry

            i think he is saying they sort thru written Q and screen out ones they don’t like… OR the dad was being kinda hot-headed, which is typically unpalatable but not criminal… these are the kind of events that lead citizens into revolution according to history books

          • lildebrarae

            That’s precisely what they do at ‘forums’ such as this.

          • Doug

            There’s nothing in the story to indicate his concerns would not be addressed if presented legitimately.

          • thinkingabovemypaygrade

            Why hide behind written questions? Why not allow verbal questions???/ THAT is the first problem???

          • Candyman101

            That is not what I have witnessed at meetings like this. They either dismiss opposition without allowing them to speak or refuse to give an answer to the question. You must like the possibility of being a good citizen and believing everything you are told, simply because someone in the government tells you that is the way it is supposed to be.

          • chamuiel

            Doug,

            asking a question verbally is illegal, but writing down a question on a piece of paper which is not going to be answered is o.k.

            who created these assinine rules?

          • aRareSaneOne

            Ze New Leaders! Heil ze New Amerika!

          • marcdepiolenc

            There’s plenty. You just choose not to see it.

          • gavinwca

            Doug are you a member of or work for the Maryland state board of education, or a common core supporter. Or both.

          • vastlyamused

            “Legitimately”????????? He’s a citizen addressing a group of public employees (or an group of elected officials) in an public forum. It doesn’t get much more “legitimate” than that.

            Considering the fact the board sat there and watched their private security(off-duty cop moonlighting and paid for by the school board) drag him out for having the gall to challenge their “wisdom”, I seriously doubt they would “address his concerns”.
            What are you- a shill for the school board? Or just another slave?

          • Pclages

            You can see what happened when he expressed his ‘ concerns ‘. He was drug off, criminally charged, and they will likely attempt to ruin his life.

          • lildebrarae

            How did YOU know he didn’t ‘Genius’? At forums such as this they pick and choose which questions they’re going to answer.

            Being a ‘Genius’, I thought YOU would know that.

          • Doug

            Thank you for the compliment.

          • chamuiel

            Dougie, didn’t you realize that was sarcasm?

          • Kenneth Clark

            If you watch the Video, he did have his question written. He was glancing down at his notes as he spoke. Now what good reporter or speaker does not have reference notes to stay on subject and members of the audience we asking to allow him to ask his question. My goodness, we have seen the result of Obama not having his Teleprompter.

          • Doug

            Ken you must admit there’s a difference between having notes and WRITING your questions like everybody else.

          • Kenneth Clark

            I will agree to that with you. But, as I stated in my first post, I have attended these types of gatherings. In all cases, I have experienced and witnessed, that if your question is not one that places the issue where they can answer it in a good light, it doesn’t get asked or answered. They refuse to be held accountable for their actions and despise being questioned adversely.

          • lildebrarae

            Again Doug, how did YOU KNOW that he didn’t write down his question.

            Oh that’s right, you just ‘assumed’ he didn’t …and then you lie and say …

            “Wahhhhhh why didn’t he write down his answer ……”

            (of course you have not one whit of proof that he didn’t)

            when everyone else is refusing to just capitulate to your asinine input.

          • George

            I have sat through School Board meetings, and it is not an open forum, nor do they allow any discussions unless you interject. Most ask for questions ahead of time with no guarantee they will address your question. Usually important issues to parents are not considered important to the board.

          • slkgej6

            It also allows the board to cherry pick the questions they address without opposition. Doug seems to believe that because he refused to simply allow them to make a sham out of a supposedly public meeting, he deserved to be abused and arrested. I always love it when sheep condemn those who are willing to stand up against tyranny.
            I have participated in many, many public meetings. I actually had a city councilman tell me during a presentation to sit down and shut up because he found my presentation “boring”. I told him to be a good little boy, sit politely like a grownup and keep his mouth shut because I was no longer speaking to him, I was addressing the nearly 3,000 people who had attended the meeting.
            What Doug and his ilk don’t seem to get is that if your specific question is not addressed at the meeting, then you have no ground for appeal because whatever does not appear on the official transcript of the meeting cannot be presented later. Appeals can only legally be made based on material that has been presented as part of the official record. No new evidence is allowed to be presented later. This is exactly why, in most states, open meetings laws include specific provision that require the governmental entity to provide an atmosphere for MEANINGFUL public participation. In my state, “meaningful” is defined as a meeting format in which both written fact and verbal summary presentation of those facts have to be allowed.
            This school board knew full well that this meeting would automatically generate a transcript that would guarantee that any appeal would include ONLY the information the board had chosen to present, thus guaranteeing that any opponent would be unable to gain standing legally in the court due to the lack of any facts or transcribed input on the official record. The judge reviewing the case would not grant standing because the pertinent information that would have been presented at the meeting cannot be included after the fact.
            Governments across the country are now using this technique in order to ignore their constituents and prevent public input and court oversight and possible reversal of the decisions they make.

      • John A.

        I can see your point Doug, but at what point do we also address the way this was handled. Had man been trained to defend himself, the officer that first grabbed his arm without identifying himself (he did so after the man pulled his arm away) would have had a confrontation to deal with. Both sides are to blame and these situations are going to escalate. The authorities better be trained appropriately and follow the law that they are to uphold. Law enforcement officers are not there to intimidate civilians as this officer attempted to do by bowing his chest up without first identifying himself. If anyone is guilty of assault, it is the officer in this case. Video evidence is not in his favor, and I am very pro police.

        • enosfolly

          If this were the law, why then aren’t all those liberals that shout down, and bully conservative speakers arrested. It is typical, freedom of speech ends at the left wings’ door.

          • chamuiel

            Why don’t they arrest all the abortion loving women screaming vagina, vagina, vagina?

          • lildebrarae

            They weren’t arrested because they were good little useful idiots, and Small was going against the ‘agenda’ by trying to protect his kids against the “Core curriculum” bull crap.

        • Ron Lahti

          He was already identified as a security officer by his uniform. That gives him full authority to act upon this man, who was behaving outside any acceptable actions within a public forum, by ANYONE!
          The officer identified himself with a badge, and that gave him the full authority to detain and arrest the man.

          • Kenneth Clark

            A security officer must also identify himself at the onset. This one did not, off duty officer or not. He attempted intimidation and “Man Handling” at first. I am not anti-police, I am against abuse of power under color of law and this is what happened.

          • Ron Lahti

            Like I stated above, in my very first sentence… “He was already identified as a security officer by his uniform. ”

            Look up and read the Maryland state laws concerning ‘security guard/officer’… it’s pretty plain English… if you believe in looking up laws of the state! It’s what’s really important for our nation.

          • kathin9

            Oh Really ron? would that be he was identifiable like the navy yard shooter was with his ID? The only role that this “officer” should have had was to keep the EDUCATED PEOPLE IN THE AUDIENCE FROM TAKING A LEAP AT THE IDIOTS BEHIND THE PANEL DESK FOR BEING SO IGNORANT THAT IT MAKES YOU WANT TO BANG YOUR HEAD. That an in all their LIBERAL ARROGANCE thinking they know more, that they are always right, would that be akin to the jack as0 we have in the white house, ooopsie now that would be considered racist now wouldn’t it disagreeing with the “OBUTTMAN COW HERD AND THEIR NOSE RINGS” being led down a path of NO RETURN. IGNORANCE.

          • nicholasstix

            What uniform?

          • lildebrarae

            What you stated ‘above’ is incorrect. But then you do so love to wallow in your own ignorance, even to the point of LYING about the UNIFORM you SAY the security guard was wearing.

          • lildebrarae

            Precisely!

          • chamuiel

            Ron,

            look at the picture. He doesn’t have a uniform on.

            Are you blind?

          • marcdepiolenc

            Excuse me, but simply wearing the right costume does not confer lawful authority, at least not in the USA. You must be thinking of Germany, circa 1935. To lawfully arrest someone, you have to have probable cause to believe that a CRIME has been committed and that the person you are arresting is the CRIMINAL. In this instance, as proven by the video, no criminal act occurred (except on the part of the officer), and so no arrest was warranted.

          • nicholasstix

            “He was already identified as a security officer by his uniform.”

            What uniform?

          • lildebrarae

            Actually it doesn’t.

            There is a huge difference between being a actual police officer, and a ‘security guard’.

            Unlike the premise you are trying to push, you do NOT have to be a cop to be a security guard.

            Just ask the TSA Agents who got their jobs by answering the pizza box applications.

            With the exception of the TSA thugs, the security guard can ‘call the cops’, but he or she doesn’t necessarily have the authority to arrest anyone.

          • vastlyamused

            No- he assaulted the man, then he pulled out a badge, then he filed a false felony charge against him.

            Nor does the fact he’s a “security officer by his uniform”, give him “full authority to act
            upon this man”. Nor can the assault victim’s actions by described as “behaving outside any acceptable actions within a
            public forum, by ANYONE!” by any reasonable person viewing the video.

            Of course, what do I know? I’m merely a career prosecutor, with three brothers who are LEOs. Don’t know what you’re smoking, Ron- but it’s likely illegal in most places.

          • slkgej6

            Thanks for your post. It seems like most people on this post have missed the point that the moment that security guard pulled out his badge and identified himself as an officer, he committed what, in some jurisdictions would be a crime, and in all others, is considered unethical. When he proceeded to assault the man, then falsely charge HIM with assault after having illegally cuffed him for nothing more than voicing an opinion, that would be a crime in any jurisdiction in the United States.
            How would your brothers feel about the security guard’s actions? I’m curious about that. I showed the video to a friend of mine who is a police officer and when he saw him shove the man he gasped. I asked him how his watch officer and his chief would have reacted to that video. He told me it would have been his last day on the force, especially because he assaulted the man after involving the department.

      • RITA

        even if he did write it out 10 to 1 says they would not have touched on his question cause they wouldnt want to answer it as they did not here
        thats why they ask for written questions then they do not have to bring it up if they do not want to .. another means of control .. and it is crap . go to a meeting ask your question in person your not write them down

        • Doug

          That’s an opinion contrary to the stated facts. Let’s assume if he had followed protocol his concerns would be addressed.

          • Kenneth Clark

            Based upon actual experience and witness of such meetings. No, this man’s concerns would not have been addressed. They would have been handled by the refuge collector on the day he emptied the dumpsters.

          • Candyman101

            You are certainly full of faith in those who are pushing an unpopular agenda. You seem to think that they are reasonable, thinking people. Common Core is all about control of our schools from the federal level by the elitists liberals who know absolutely nothing about what we need in our local schools.

          • lildebrarae

            Libs are always ‘full of faith’ when it’s ‘their agenda’ that’s being supported.

            Just watch though, if it’s ‘their questions’ that aren’t being answered.

            I just hope everyone else reminds them of how they treated everyone else when it was ‘they’ who tried to exercise their 1st Amdt rights! Liberals are hypocrites one and all.

          • marcdepiolenc

            Why should we ASSUME that, having arranged things so they didn’t have to address awkward questions, these stooges would then have answered them? I prefer to ASSUME that people do things for a reason, and that this contrived procedure was designed to allow the panel to ignore questions that they didn’t like, without appearing to do so.

          • lildebrarae

            Every statement you’ve made so far Doug has been …

            “a opinion contrary to the stated facts.”

            FACT The security guard did NOT Identify himself, in spite of the fact that he was NOT (contrary to Ron’s LIES) wearing a uniform.

            FACT other people at the meeting were angry that THEIR QUESTIONS were not being answered.

            FACT the only questions being answered at that meeting were the ones in SUPPORT of the soft core curriculum agenda.

            FACT the questions NOT BEING ANSWERED were in opposition to the soft core curriculum agenda.

            FACT by asking a question, does not mean he was in violation of ‘protocol’.

            FACT this is AMERICA not AMERI_K_A and by answering only questions that support a ‘agenda’ (and refusing to answer all questions as they ‘promised’ to) is in fact “Censorship”.

        • Ron Lahti

          And what, exactly, did you understand to be the question that he was supposedly going to ask the panel? All I heard in this video from this man was nothing more than, as I would describe, pure ‘rant & rave’… although he did interject the phrase ‘… my question is…’ but did he adequately and coherently present any question? NO! He just continued with his ranting and raving, and being disruptive, and then being disrespectful and chose to act criminally by putting his hand on the security officer. This is what I see happening in this video!

          • chamuiel

            Only after the security officer put his hands on the citizen.

            I find that most security officers make minimum pay.

            I , once tased a security officer whom I felt was out of line. The Police agreed with me.

          • marcdepiolenc

            Ach ja, he dit neut show proper RESPEKT to ze servants of ze State! To ze kamps viz him!

      • rhodes autry

        well i never knew how to spell kowtow if this is it

        • Doug

          Stick with me and you’ll learn a lot of words and they’ll be spelled correctly.

          • Bill Roach

            Twenty five years with government and so many public meetings they become a blur.Tell me Doug.How many public meetings have you been to? Very few I would guess, since your naivety about real world circumstances at these meetings seems limited. The truth is that they (we ) have the questions written down so that
            we can pick and choose what we answer and how we answer them. We don’t like it when we are embarrased by the truth or a voice gets raised . God forbid you should speak out in a manner that makes our cowardly little souls quake. Better watch out and not go against the grain Doug or you might just find yourself being escorted out by a strongarm and in total disbelief that this could happen.

      • lildebrarae

        You sure sound like the off duty ‘cop’. If you are, I wouldn’t be surprised.

        BTW I’d be belligerent too if I were just falsely accused of a 2nd degree assault against a cop, merely for exercising my 1st amendment rights (and DARING to protect my children against that GARBAGE that (“safe school czar” (I love ‘fisting’)) Kevin Jennings ‘lovingly’ calls “Common Core”.

        I hope the guy sues, and bankrupts the city, and the school district for what happened to him!

        • Doug

          That’s all after the fact.

          • lildebrarae

            You mean after the police officer man handled him, merely for exercising his 1st amdt rights?

            You do know that alone was a direct violation of his civil rights.

            Or are you one of those who likes to pick and choose who you ‘deem’ to be worthy of ‘justice’?

            Again, you sound just like that off duty cop.

          • Ron Lahti

            Do you have the capacity to choose and behave & write anything else besides your name-calling? And what if this other person writing and commenting with you really is this ‘off duty cop’… so what?
            Aren’t we all persons with the same freedoms?

          • lildebrarae

            If you bothered to READ the article you would know the off duty cop I was referring to was the jerk who manhandled him.

            As to the Core Curriculum, if you knew anything about that …you would have known that it is a ‘soft porn’ curriculum designed to attack family values while promoting sexuality to elementary school aged children.

            But instead of actually reading what anyone posted, you act like a true LIBERAL and take my post as well as the article out of CONTEXT in order to make your self ‘look’ good.

            Since my post is sooo offensive, why did you not attack the other posters who personally attacked other people without one shred of evidence?

            Oh that’s right UNLIKE ME, they were LIBERALS so in your pathetic little mind; what THEY say is OK!

            So much for your hypocrisy!

          • Candyman101

            You don’t seem to believe that, since you seem to think that this man had no right to speak out. I don’t believe that any opposition questions that were written down would have been answered. It just always seems to work out that way. The people pushing Common Core are not interested in your opinion of the program. They just want to make sure that you are one of the sheeple.

          • chamuiel

            Name calling?

            I saw no name calling, just honest truth which you seem to have difficulty accepting.

      • enosfolly

        Regardless of his disobeying rules, it wasn’t a law, and the reaction was a bit over the top. To put all those charges against him to legitimize the bullying is uncalled for.

        • Doug

          I’m not talking about anything that happened after. If he acted as an adult there might not have been an after.

          • lildebrarae

            Of course you’re not, because you are directly avoiding the issue that the man did NOT deserve to be man handled, or falsely accused of something he didn’t do in the first place.

            Again YOU sound just like the off duty cop.

            And the fact that you’re attacking everyone else for addressing ‘every’ issue involved in this article; proves that your entire premise for your posts lack ‘credibility’.

          • Eric

            You are assuming and you chastised a poster for doing the same thing. HYPOCRITE!

          • chamuiel

            To you, acting as an adult means setting down and shutting up.

          • lildebrarae

            Spot on!

      • naql99

        Mooooo

        • Doug

          Are you expressing a point of view or a sexual preference?

          • naql99

            I’m just one of those guys who has to “moo” at the cattle when he drives by. Interesting and revealing that you took it as a “sexual preference”, however.

          • Doug

            An attempt at levity. Just so I know mooing means acting any way you find unreasonable. You have now set yourself up as the arbiter of all justice.

          • chamuiel

            Isn’t that what you are attempting to do?

      • Legirons

        Doug who does the school board work for? The sheep should just stay in line and walk into the pen?

      • Dtweet

        Bet you think our founding fathers were belligerent too. those with an American spine will break the “RULES”, which aren’t LAWS, when they’re children are being “pimped” out by the state. Our own tax dollars being granted to the state, and in return they adopt this common core garbage. Our kids’ future is being destroyed against our will….and you would grant priority to forum rules instead.

      • Eric

        F you Doug, you WORTHLESS left wing POS. Im sick of communists like you. You are the problem not the solution!

        • Doug

          Don’t hold back if you’re upset say so.

          • chamuiel

            He did.

      • Kathy Brown

        There was nothing belligerent about this parent asking questions. He should have been allowed to finish his questions. He was obviously concerned about what common core was subjecting his children to and as such he should have been allowed to state his piece without being rudely interrupted by the board member. Doug you are a part of the problem. This is America not the former Soviet Union!

      • Amonite

        While I do love rules and procedure, and would normally say it should be followed – if those rules and procedures start restricting free speech rather than facilitating the organization of free speech, they need to be thrown out. Writing questions (which takes time) and letting the panel/moderator choose which ones to answer (which is biased, since the panel was in support of common core) does -not- support the parents in having their concerns addressed. It is like the man said, the panel is treating them (and the people are sitting like) cattle who are being lectured on the wonders of common core.

        This is becoming more and more frequent in government – “telling” how great something is even at events that are supposed to be slightly more interactive. For example, I attended a city “discussion” night about some new ideas for the busses, in which citizens and the transportation department were supposed to get to discuss ideas and concerns about any proposed changes in an informal setting. Most of the people there attending were against the proposed changes – yet when we got there every “discussion” became a lecture on how great the new program was and a dismissal of concerns. The transportation people were very hostile to the most vocal citizens. In the end we all realized that the program was not for our benefit at all (which they admitted it was bad for our city and for the disabled and for mothers with children, etc, when pressed) but that it was really designed for the benefit of wealthy patrons in the next city over. Also, it turned out they wouldn’t get to spend a bunch of money the tax payers had given them if they abandoned the expensive plan. So, the promise to “listen to our concerns” was a sham. (The new changes were implemented – and sure enough they were generally disliked and bad for the disabled, etc).

        At least, however, we got the chance to ask questions – these parents aren’t even getting that much!

      • nrse82

        It is civil disobedience. Following the rules would be civil obedience.

      • thinkingabovemypaygrade

        why wouldn’t they allow verbal questions? Why written on paper? (Then they could AVOID the tough questions!!!!!!!!!)

      • old sarge

        This man was not belligerent until the “off duty” showed his a$$ by being a thug. Some so called peace officers over step the bounds of their authority. Cops body searching a female in public is just one case I am aware of and sure there is more.

      • Candyman101

        You might have a point, except that they always seem to set the rules so that any opposition is either shut down immediately or not allowed to speak. And my experience is that when an issue such as Common (?) Core is being shoved down our throats, they do not allow any opposition. That is the Obama way.

      • phunyfarm

        His continuing to speak was “out of order” after he was told his question would be answered,
        The action taken by the guard was excessive and unjustified. Sentencing is paramount to censorship.
        Hey! But it was all about Common Core. Why behave responsibly when the school system is taking the pay off for teaching garbage socialism to our children and misleading the children about American history I have a 12 yr. old grand daughter stuck in a public school for now. She fills me in pretty thoroughly and asks questions. She finds the facts but sadly cannot confront the teacher with these facts. We all know why.

      • Richard Holmes

        doug- you can roll over and play dead. The rest of with brains will question and resist this oppressive government. Wake up before you and your children are made slaves by the progressives.

      • gavinwca

        You apparently did not watch the second video where the panel only answered soft ball questions they apparently put in themselves and refused to answer any of the questions asked by the parents, there were no rules just propaganda by government

      • marcdepiolenc

        It wasn’t a chargeable offense – simple as that. The police tacitly admitted that by charging him with assault on a police officer – a chargeable offense that didn’t occur. And where is this alleged belligerence? He asked a question which they didn’t want to answer, in a forum that was specifically held for the purpose of answering such questions.

      • vastlyamused

        Why not? You kowtow to the stupid simply because they have the “right” letter after their name.

      • Pclages

        If you think that that bunch of clowns in the front of the room had any intention of answering the guy’s questions, you are a complete fool. Watch the smirking face of the black woman on the left. She knew exactly what was gonna happen. This guy was challenging the entire government school / multiculturalism / pro-Muslim agenda, and had to be crushed.

  • BobinBoynton

    I understand an upset parent and I also understand the need for a meeting where people can talk but must follow the guidelines of a Public Forum. If you don’t have rules, nothing would ever get accomplished at meetings. You’re given so much time to speak and then it is time to shut up and sit down. This guy had plenty of opportunity to leave before he was arrested.

    The problem with people today is they all feel they are “entitled” and you end up with idiots like this.
    Regarding Common Core, it is probably the worse thing to ever hit public schools. This is not a local level decision, This is a Nationwide Initiative to help better our children’s education. I agree, Common Core is not a great standard. There are some horrible teachings in there like just give a child a book and let them teach themselves how to read. Luckily, for the most part, teachers won’t let this fail. They will continue to fill in the blanks that the Nationwide Leaders who developed this left out.

    Once again, getting back to public meetings, Board Members must be able to maintain a controlled environment in order for a meeting to be productive.
    Think before you post!
    Now it’s time for all of the “entitled” people to start blasting me. Go ahead, it will just show the need for rules.

    • Doug

      Agree wholeheartedly.

      • pappy

        what happen to the freedom of speech? the rites to voice our opinion we are becoming a country of spineless followers and the ones that speak up are arrested sounds like china or ussr

        • lildebrarae

          Liberals don’t CARE about freedom of Speech, unless they’re the ones not getting it.

          Remember Hilliary Clinton saying Dissent against the Administration was patriotic, then in Obama’s Admin saying the exact opposite?

          It’s called Liberal hypocrisy 101.

          And G-d forbid that any parent refuse to kowtow to a agenda that tries to teach the crap taught in common core.

          It’s one thing for adults to be learning that, it’s another thing for a innocent child to be corrupted by that garbage!

          I pray that the man sues, and brings that school district as well as the police department to their knees!

      • chamuiel

        Well, of course yo do doug.

        small minds generally group together.

    • stags43

      The only problem I see is if you write down your question, they decide whether it will be addressed. In this case, I know they would have thrown out his question and not addressed his concerns. Been there done this. The people on these boards let the power go to their heads. They truly believe they are actually above the common person and they are ENTITLED to take the matter up on their own and dismiss the any questions they don’t want to answer.

      • Doug

        It must be a blessing to know how everything will turn out before it happens. Help me out with the Giants-Carolina tomorrow.

        • chamuiel

          Giants lose!

    • naql99

      Moooooooo

    • lildebrarae

      Nice of you to ignore the fact that the entire board was trying to stop him from speaking from the outset; and the the mall cop flop was there from there from the start pulling on his arm.

      But then just like Doug, you only read the parts of the article that you ‘liked’.

    • Ron Lahti

      You present all very valid points. There was nothing outside of authority of the security officer, aka. ‘off duty cop’ and that is why this man, who had both ample opportunity to ask a question [... but chose not to] and further chose not to act appropriately when he was told to leave by the security officer, which is why he is going to have his ‘day in court!’

    • chamuiel

      I know to you, your rant made perfect sense to you.

      I see you are one of those who is willing to give up his freedoms just to get along.

  • Just Toad

    Shame on that crowd! They should have started a chant or done a mic check that would force the board to hear this man out. It is time for us to use tactics that will get our voices heard. The left goes into public meetings like these with a strategy that creates a situation to drive a narrative. We must protest smarter & more effectively.

  • Ron Gilbert

    From what I hear in the audience, no one approved of this man being taken away. Wake up America! Your local police officers and state police officers do not represent you as citizens. They represent those in power. This officer was acting as a thug not a police officer. Rise up against this tyranny before it is too late. Common Core is Socialism and the further dumbing down of our children. It makes them more accepting of mediocrity.

  • HonestToAtee

    Why not send the Superintendent who was the speaker at that meeting an email.

    http://www.bcps.org/offices/super/contact.asp

    • lildebrarae

      Done and ‘tweeted’.

  • HonestToAtee

    Here is Dr. Dance who held the meeting on his twitter account. https://twitter.com/MdPublicSchools/status/381049886340182018/photo/1

    • lildebrarae

      Tweeted, and soon to be ‘done’. Thank you so much.

  • Dali

    We are turning into a communist country where we have zero rights!! This is very scary and that man had a right to ask his question. I have meeting where a conservative was asked questions by Liberals and they were only escorted out NOT ARRESTED!! Wake up people this is very dangerous!!!

  • Joe Palmer

    I think the guy wanted publicity.

  • natshare

    The ONLY assault I saw in that video was done by the security guard, after he identified himself as a police officer. That then makes it police brutality on his part.
    This guy needs to lawyer up….with a CIVIL suit, and put that so called police officer out on the street.