Proving this is America after all, prosecutors dropped all charges against Robert Small, a parent who was arrested after attempting to speak against the Common Core curriculum at a public forum in Towson, Md., according to CBS Baltimore.
While the format for Thursdays’ Baltimore County Schools forum 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. He was approached by an off-duty cop working as a security guard, then arrested, but he had the last word on the way out.
“Don’t stand for this,” Small said. “You are sitting here like cattle. Is this America?”
It was all caught on video.
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 in jail.
After the video of the altercation went viral, prosecutors decided that while Small disrupted the meeting and the officer acted within his rights, further prosecution wouldn’t accomplish anything, CBS Baltimore reported.
A Baltimore Sun editorial said Small deserves an apology:
In the grand scheme of obstructions at public meetings, Howard County parent Robert Small’s insistence on challenging state and local education officials about the new curriculum being implemented based on Common Core standards barely registers. He engaged in no name-calling, made no threats and was asking a question directly related to the topic at hand.
Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger wisely announced Monday that he would drop the charges. But for those who see the Common Core as something being shoved down the public’s throats by an overbearing government, the fact that Mr. Small was arrested in the first place provided the ultimate proof.
[Baltimore County Superintendent Dallas] Dance and the rest of those involved owe Mr. Small an apology.
Watch the update via CBS Baltimore: