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“Parents, you need to question these people!:” Shock video of dad arrested at school meeting after challenging Common Core; Update: Charges dropped

By Michelle Malkin  •  September 20, 2013 10:46 PM

Scroll for update…charges dropped, questions remain…

If you haven’t read my column today on Jeb Bush’s latest Common Core snit fit, do it now.

Then, watch this:

Next, read this e-mail I received tonight from a parent in Baltimore County, Md:

I know you are vehemently against the Common Core standards that are being thrust upon our children…Last night I attended a “forum” held by our school system. In a nutshell, it was an hour and a half long and the first hour was listening to Dallas Dance (county superintendent), Lillian Lowery (state superintendent),a PTA leader, and a teacher from Catonsville High School basically tell us how great this was going to be.

Then we [watched] a video starting with Martin O’Malley saying how great it was, and then other “educators” saying how great it was. Finally, Dallas Dance read some written questions submitted by parents for the other 3 in the forum to answer. They were mostly softball questions of course and you could feel everyone’s frustration that no hard- hitting questions were being asked.

Finally, a frustrated parent got up and interrupted Lillian Lowery and was challenging one of her pre-planned answers. He was not rude but they had security come in to take him out. Luckily a parent was videotaping the event and sent it to our local media.

I have attached a link to the Baltimore Sun website that has an article and the video of the father being dragged out. He was arrested and held until 3:00 a.m. He was just a dad trying to get some information about his children’s education and ended up in jail for not sitting down and shutting up. I was there and it was absolutely chilling to watch this man silenced.

From the Baltimore Sun:

Robert Small said he wanted to express his dismay over the introduction of a new school curriculum at a public forum Thursday night in Towson, but instead the Ellicott City parent 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.

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. Dance read the questions and had members of a panel, which included state schools Superintendent Lillian Lowery, answer them.

When Small started speaking, Dance told him that he believed his question would be answered, but Small continued to talk. After a couple of minutes, a security guard confronted Small, saying, “Let’s go. Let’s go.”

Small, 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.

As he was being taken out, Small said, “Don’t stand for this. You are sitting here like cattle.” Then he said, “Is this America?”

Get this: 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.

Watch the video. Small’s crime is daring to ask questions and refusing to be intimidated by the Common Core mafia.

The stakes are high and the elites trying to force Fed Ed down America’s throat will shamelessly use any and every kind of government-backed force and coercion necessary to stifle dissent and get their way.

This is a watershed moment for parents, activists, and educators who refuse to surrender to the For The Children control freaks.

Heed Robert Small: Don’t stand for this.


The parent who videotaped the meeting, Ann Miller, reported in the Examiner:

As the pom-pom and rah-rah session neared an end about 20 minutes before the meeting close, parental frustration was mounting as our questions were still going unanswered. One parent, Robert Small, decided to interject to try to force some answers (see video at top of article).

He said: “I want to know how many parents here are aware that the goal of the Common Core standards isn’t to prepare kids for full-fledged universities, it’s to prepare them for community college…..Parents, take control. We’re sick of this. This is not a CNN political game. This is a public town hall… Listen, don’t stand for this. You’re sitting here like cattle. You have questions. Confront them. They don’t want to do it in public…. Parents, you need to question these people….Do the research, it’s online.”

According to my conversation with Liz Bowie, a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, Mr. Small was arrested after being removed from the auditorium.

The video clearly shows that, if anyone was aggressive, it was the security guard, not Mr. Small. What may have happened out in the hall however, is unknown.

In the second video clip (click here), you can hear multiple parents call out how their question was not read and they were ignored.

Here’s the video:


Update 9/23/13…The Baltimore Sun reports that charges have been dropped.

The Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s office has dropped charges against Robert Small, the Howard County parent who was arrested last week for disupting an education forum in Towson.

“It was clear that Mr. Small violated the rules of the meeting and disrupted the meeting. It was also clear that the officer acted appropriately and did have probable cause to make an arrest on both charges,” the state’s attorney’s office said in a statement. “In the interest of justice, further prosecution will not accomplish anything more. Therefore, the charges have been dismissed.”

State Del. Pat McDonough said he believed the failure of education officials to give Small a chance to speak was “outrageous.” McDonough plans to introduce legislation that would put a moratorium on the use of the common core standards in Baltimore County schools.


Questions remain: Will Small file charges against the cop who clearly manhandled him first? And when will the school officials allow parents to ask real questions about Common Core without threat of bodily harm and prison terms?

The liberal Baltimore Sun stands up for Small, but keeps spreading misinformation about the revolt against Common Core.

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    This is so scary- I saw nothing in this video to cause this man to be silenced the way he was.

  • Satchks

    America this will be the norm in years to come…ignorant thugs who work hand and hand with the federal government to remove and dismantle free speech which the constitution gives All Americans. This should shock every liberty and justice supporting American. This administration has 3 more years to tear and rip apart the constitutional freedoms that are rooted and grounded in its people. This is deeply disturbing .

  • Phil

    Did that guy get tazed in the hallway? It looked like the security guard pulled something from his belt.

    Common core is rubbish! That’s why all my kids go to catholic school!

  • Mike

    Please let me know where I can write and complain about this.

  • Bryan ONeill

    Disgusting and shame on the officer who displays himself as a “security” detail to this and pulls a badge. Parent have a right to question any school policy. Here you have it on tape. If there is no action on this against that officer then there is your crime.

  • tee

    What is happening with this??

  • Cindy friscia

    I’m shocked and appalled that a concerned parent wasn’t wallowed to ask a question because he wasn’t siding w the panel.
    Pay a & $2500 fine and up to 10 years in jail. Are you kidding. I know rapists get less time then that.
    Why go after a concerned parent.

  • Bruce Biggin

    Who are these people? The education Gestapo! When parents can no longer ask serious questions of their school representatives then our country is serious jeopardy. This did nothing to assault this officer. In fact it looked to me it was the other way around.

  • Laura

    Oh dear God, it would be Maryland….

  • n l

    To me this looks like the security guard is George Zimmerman, and the idiot parent (who knew ahead of time the question and answer plan), is a Trayvon Martin. The parent appears to intentionally disrupt this meeting. He wanted to give a soap box recital.

  • Joyce Harlan

    I do think the escorted parent was rude interrupting someone else. However the punishment does not fit the crime. Way too harsh.

  • john

    I think the niger should be shot and hung for his actions. Kill the niger !!!!!

  • Rachel Bradley

    Our children attended Harford County schools. While We were generally were happy with system, compared to Baltimore County schools, we did not believe that the children were ready even for the Community College. What ever happened to Reading, Wrighting and Arithmetic? It worked, why dummy down our kids? Makes no sense!!!!!!!

  • Maggie

    Please tell me this man is going to sue. Then tell me how to contribute to his legal fund.

  • Brian t

    I believe the parent had all the right to ask a question without being harrast by a cop..it was me I’d a defended myself, grabed he by his throught, put him on the ground and not let him up till my question was answered. If we ad parents and faculty needed to debate afterwards then he would have to lay there for a while longer

  • Kimberly Duffiney

    It was the, “rent-a-cop” that assaulted, Mr. Small. This was no public forum, it was a propaganda show. These elected officials better start listening to the American People and not trying to institute policies because they think they know what’s best for us! This is truly infuriating!

  • Michelle Greear

    I think this is wrong!!!’ I personally am NOT a fan if Common Core! I know there are other states that have pulled the curriculum due to it’s lack of performance. I feel it pushed and rushes the children and personally – instead of “speed” I would rather my child understand what they are learning instead of be in race too e to the next subject! It’s also stressful for the teachers and extremely frustrating! And I speak from experience with 13 and 8 year old boys and a PTA president for 2 years! After introduction of Common Core in our schools last year – I am so glad I am no longer a part of the PTA because I do not support them pushing if rushing the children to “hurry up and get it done” – I would rather see a quality education than to see them “rush” the children through! Each child is an individual and has their own comprehension level and teachers should be allowed to adapt to their individual class needs – both strengths and weaknesses! The key is INDIVIDUAL! What they did to this father is wrong and it’s just another way of people’s rights being violated! As a parent he has a right to ask questions and bd heard- just like he had to hear the PREPLANNED BS BEING PREACHED AT THE FORUM!

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  • jlaub5457

    As a police officer, and after watching this video, I am shocked that this man was charged with any crime. I applaud the man’s restraint for NOT fighting back or striking the officer removing him.

    The officer needs to brush up on the Constitution. Just because a politician says jump, does not mean we have to.

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  • pattianne pascual

    just like in my city, the idiot people just sit there instead of standing up, surrounding the man and demanding to take back THEIR rights, their meeting,in a place they pay taxes for.and don’t forget, they are supposed to be fighting for THEIR kids.kudos to the one woman that stood up.if that’s all they have,this is what you have to look forward to when the shit his the fan.be prepared.

  • Dena Bernard

    If this is how they treat a parent asking questions at a school meeting, how do they treat our children in the schools. This is scary. Come on people stand up for your rights, our kids and the future of the United States of America.

  • Robert Cook

    I am not familiar with the “Common Core Issue” but when a parent can’t stand and address the board with off the hip questions SOMETHING IS WRONG”…!!!!

  • John Sullivan

    First they “nudged” me;
    Then they pushed and shoved me;
    But when I made the mistake of pushing back, they gently placed the barrel of a gun against the back of my head and ordered me down on my knees.

    This is today’s education establishment at work. We are being led down a dark road.

  • Patriotsaint

    This is how hitler changed European countries for years, good people did nothing. Stand up and be heard.

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