Local parent Robert Small was assaulted and arrested for asking a question during a meeting about Common Core State Standards Thursday night in Towson, MD, The Baltimore Sun reports. Shocking footage of a security officer assaulting him while removing him from a public forum on the future of education in Maryland is below. According to the paper, “The format of the forum did not allow the public to stand and ask a question. Instead, those who wanted questions answered had to write them on a piece of paper,” meaning that Small was speaking out of turn. Nonetheless, Small never got physical with the security officer, yet was arrested and 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.”
What is truly disturbing are these charges, not Small’s perfectly polite behavior during what was billed as a public forum, not a lecture, as Small noted during an interview with the Sun. “Objections to the new standards, which are being implemented this year for the first time in 45 states (note: including Maryland) and the District of Columbia, have been growing in the past several months,” the Sun notes.