‘Is this America?’: Parent Manhandled, Arrested While Speaking Out Against Common Core at Public Forum

Maryland Parent Manhandled, Arrested While Speaking Out Against Common Core at Public ForumThe Blaze – by Jason Howerton

A parent in Towson, Md., was arrested Thursday night at a public forum after vocally expressing his concerns about the Baltimore County School District’s plan to use Common Core standards in its curriculum.

Robert Small, a concerned father, was forcefully removed from the meeting by a police officer after he interrupted Baltimore County Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance during the question-and-answer portion of the forum. 

The meeting apparently didn’t allow parents to stand up and ask questions or comment. Parents and other attendants were instead asked to write their questions on a piece of paper and officials would read them.

However, Small began speaking out against the district’s use of Common Core, prompting a security guard, who was also a police officer, to approach him and order him to leave. “Let’s go!” he said sternly.

When Small didn’t immediately comply, the officer began pulling his arm and pushing him towards the exit. Some audience members gasped at the cop’s use of force.

“Don’t stand for this,” the father said as he was dragged out. “You are sitting here like cattle! Is this America?”

Small also urged other parents to demand answers on Common Core and the curriculum being used to educate their children.

As the Baltimore Sun reports, the officer then “pushed Small and then escorted him into the hall, handcuffed him and had him sit on the curb in front of the school.”

Small was charged with second-degree assault of a police officer and faces a $2,500 fine and up to 10 years in prison. He was also charged with disturbing a school operation, which carries an additional $2,500 and up to six months in jail.

Small attempted to push the officer away when he first approached him, the police report claims. Watch the video and decide for yourself if Small assaulted the officer:

Despite some opposition from parents, the Maryland State Department of Education reportedly plans to go forward with its implementation of Common Core standards, joining 45 other states and Washington, D.C., in adopting the standards for the first time this year.

“Look, I am being manhandled and shut down because I asked inconvenient questions,” Small told the Baltimore Sun after the incident. “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.”


9 thoughts on “‘Is this America?’: Parent Manhandled, Arrested While Speaking Out Against Common Core at Public Forum

  1. I’d simply move out of the big cities and go to Alaska and home school my kids in the skills of life. Hunting, fishing, camping, swimming first then reading writing and arithmetic. That’s all they need. Our public school system (especially in the city like Baltimore) have become communist masdra indoctrination camps.

  2. People talk about changing things from the “grassroots.” I hear it all the time…grassroots this and grassroots that. People don’t realize just how corrupt the system is…down to the so called “grassroots.” As exemplified in the above video. If that security/cop had tried to manhandle me like that I would have drawn and shot. Oh wait, I wouldn’t have been allowed to do that…it was more than likely a “gun free zone.” Which means I wouldn’t have been allowed to attend the meeting in the first place.
    We have to change things from the “grassroots.” But what do you do when the roots of the grass are rotten?

    1. I hear most of the talk show host,even on the alternative media that keep this mythical BS about changing things at the grass roots,Which means local level,all the time.They are still living in denial because that has absolutely ZERO chance of ever changing a thing that is meaningful because the local level has the brain washed cops and sheriffs,and DHS if needed to quell any opposition to their agenda. This country has been invaded right under the eyes of the sleeping sheep although some of us have been sounding the alarm and have also been mocked for doing it.Well its now right in your faces and if the citizens are that damned stupid we are toast anyway.I still believe that there are real Americans out there that are going to fight for this country and it seems like that fight is getting closer by the day.You can also be sure that the corrupt traitorous government knows this too! If you want to see the effect of voting at the ballot box you have to look no farther than the current state of affairs. The system is corrupt through and through and nothing short of another REVOLUTION is ever going to change a thing for the better.Most places the local levels are as corrupt as the state and also the feds.They feed of each other like the infectious disease that they are.

      1. Of course most local levels of enforcement are as corrupt as the state and federal level enforcement, Just look at whe signs their pay check. Dang right they are corrupt, and they are corrupt at all levels.

    1. Digger,

      That was an insult to great steak all across America.
      These people are that pink goo not even close to cattle sadly as they could actually mooo then but they only extrude ignorance.

  3. Well we know that working within the system will never change the system. It has zero chance. If voting had a hope in hell of bringing change it would be illegal.
    we know that government depts are buying ammo by the ton. Did you ever wonder why?
    We know it will continue to get worse unless something is done to prevent it.
    So now that we know these things what does 2 plus equal for you? Do you like being a slave? Do you accept some power drunk bureaucrat lording over you? Do you like them sticking their damn nose in your life?

    If you said no, they can’t hear you. Better make sure they hear you. That means speak their language. Make it hard for them to continue. Make it hurt when they hurt you.

    Start with their wallet and withdraw from the system, you cant beat it while you are part of it. So they fire you, big deal. So they harass you, that shows you are on the right track.

    The more they push, we must push back three times as hard. remember there is a remedy, you just have to give up a little comfort and take the bull by the horns.

    Protests do not work they just laugh at you and send in the goons. Hey, do you have any goons? Might want to think about what all this means and then decide on a course of action. Of course I will not spell it out because we all have to decide what kind of world we leave to our children.
    I have always known something was wrong, now i know who it is. Yes, who it is, not what because people are doing this. That is the biggest clue right there.

    Tom Delay was let off after being convicted. Notice how the injustice system is not the answer.

    I hope this time next year we are still here, but i think many of us will not be.

  4. “A parent in Towson, Md., was arrested Thursday night at a public forum …”

    Key words are “public forum”. That means he gets to speak about how he feels on the “core” problem.

    Those “in charge” of the PUBLIC forum do NOT get to only accept questions that follow what they want said.

    Fire them.

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