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School board meetings have become more politically charged recently as the battle over critical race theory, sexually explicit reading material, and mask/vaccine mandates rage across the country. However, one meeting came to blows, but it didn’t have a thing to do with any of those heated topics.
Rather, Glastonbury High School board member Ray McFall was sucker-punched by an unidentified man during a gathering to discuss a new school mascot.
Over 2,500 members of the community banded together to sign a petition that argued for the return of the Native American mascot, which some deemed insensitive. It was retired last year.
NBC Connecticut caught the altercation on video:
It’s unclear what specifically started the argument, but the two men were in each other’s faces before long. The man identified as McFall can then be seen putting his hands on the chest of the other man to push him away. He managed to create about a foot of space, but that was all it took for the other man to start swinging. Chaos briefly broke out as attendees and school board members attempted to restrain and separate the men. The meeting was adjourned shortly after the incident and no vote on the mascot change was held.
The Glastonbury Police are currently investigating the altercation, but no arrests have been made at the time of publishing.
Twitter was split on who was in the right:
Umm, he pushed the little guy first. So…
— TaRmAcOaK (@TaRmAcOaK) December 16, 2021
Looks well deserved to me.
— Rick (@Rick32075188) December 16, 2021
It looks like the shorter man is backed up to the seats when the taller man pushes him down, then a single punch is thrown by the shorter man.
— Paul Beaty (@PaulBeaty2) December 16, 2021
— Six One (@DanagSix) December 16, 2021
Violence is never the answer but let’s point out the board member put hands on first so who’s the aggressor? The board member and we have the tag of terrorist on the parents??? People need to get their shit together.
— Vicki (@vctucci) December 16, 2021
The school board member probably didn’t deserved to be punched in the face for this…..BUT, he probably did deserve it for putting masks on our kids in school. You get what you get!
— Matt Ohh (@MattOhh2) December 16, 2021
But back onto the original topic of mascot ideas…
🤦🏻♀️ confrontational #mascot 🥊 pic.twitter.com/Xm6RiHRJcI
— Clorinda Bassolino-Meadlock (@ClorindaMeadlo2) December 16, 2021
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