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I was asked in a comment how I would have handled a situation that has gone viral on YouTube. A woman attending her son’s football game was confronted for not wearing a mask. She refused to leave the game and was tased, handcuffed, and then removed from the game. You can find the video on the internet so I’m not going to include it in the post.
My personal belief is that police officers assigned as school resource officers can be misused by school administrators. They end up enforcing administrative rules rather than state statutes concerning criminal law that has been legislated by elected officials.
Do you see all those empty seats in the background? Even if the officer was approached by a school official to remove this woman the officer has some options. He could have told the official let’s ask here to move a bit further away. If the school official is a bit dim the officer could say let’s solve this without creating a bigger problem.
Talk to the woman and simply say: Would you do me a favor and sit at the end of this row if you won’t wear a mask. Would that have worked? We’ll never know, but it would be worth a try.Published in