Maryland father, Robert Small, arrested after protesting Common Core
The man was being removed for not following format to ask questions and is now charged with second-degree assault of police officer.
UPDATE: Charges dropped, but arrest defended – read the new story here
Robert Small said he wanted to express his dismay over the introduction of a new school curriculum at a public forum night in Towson, Maryland. The man was instead was pulled out of the meeting, arrested and charged with second-degree assault of a police officer.
Small stood and interrupted Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance during a question-and-answer session and began to tell the audience that he believed the new curriculum was lowering the standards of education and was intended to prepare students for community colleges. “You are not preparing them for Harvard,” he said.
“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 police officer, 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!”
Small, age 46, asked him if he was an officer and the security guard, an off-duty Baltimore County police officer, showed him a badge. The officer grabbed Small’s arm and pulled him toward the aisle. The audience gasped and some people sitting nearby got out of their seats.
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.
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