Being arrested and charged with second-degree assault of a police officer is not what Robert Small had in mind when he decided to attended a Baltimore County School Board meeting Thursday night, but that’s exactly what he got.
Small, a concerned father, attended the meeting to voice his opinion on the new Common Core Standards being implemented in his children’s school district. The meeting was meant to be a question-and-answer forum that required parents to submit their questions ahead of time.
When Small stood and began speaking, Baltimore County Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance assured him that his questions would be answered. Small then directed his question to the parents in the room by asking if they were aware that the “goal of Common Core is to prepare their kids for community college.”
Small continued on until a security guard, who is also a police officer, confronted him. The officer’s use of force caused many members of the audience to gasp. The police report claims that Small attempted to push the officer away when the policeman first approached him. Small was ultimately charged with second-degree assault of a police officer and faces a $2,500 fine and up to 10 years in prison. He is also charged with disturbing a school operation, which carries an additional $2,500 fine and up to 6 months in jail.
Was Small wrong in questioning the School Board about the Common Core Standards? Did his reaction to the police officer really deserve such a harsh treatment? Watch the video and decide for yourself.