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Striking video: Parent forced out of education forum by officer

Here’s a video showing what happened in Towson, Md., last week when parent Robert Small of Ellicott City interrupted Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance and complained about the Common Core State Standards.

Dance told Small his questions would be answered but Small kept talking, saying that the standards were only good enough to prepare students for community college and not highly selective colleges. He was then approached by a security guard who was an off-duty Baltimore County police officer, my colleague Lyndsey Layton reported. The security guard showed Small a badge and then pulled his arm to take him out of the room. Small shouted to the crowd, “Don’t stand for this. You’re sitting here like cattle! If you have questions, you have to confront them.” As he was being pulled out of the room, he shouted, “I’m a parent, I have a right to speak! Is this America?!”

Small was handcuffed and taken to a police station where he was charged with second-degree assault of a police officer and disturbing a school operation. Watch the video

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.

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