Nudge to Shove? Maryland dad arrested for asking questions about Common Core

Glenn opened the radio this morning with a disturbing story out of Towson, Maryland. A parent with children in the district – Robert Small – was arrested Thursday night at a public forum after expressing his concerns about the Baltimore County School District’s plan to implement Common Core standards in its curriculum. Small now faces up to 10 years in prison and a $2,500 fine after being charged with second-degree assault of a police officer.

“My weekend started with a little video from Towson, Maryland. It was really exceptional. It was the beginning of what I believe is shove – from nudge to shove, then shoot,” Glenn said. “Now, this is clearly in the shove category… I believe it is a warning sign to the American people. I believe my job is to tell you the signposts. My job is to tell you how far down this road are you and how much farther do you have to go. Not much.”

TheBlaze reports:

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.

Watch the incident unfold below:

As he is being dragged out of the room there are audible gasps from the crowd, Small urges his fellow parents to not stand by idly. “Don’t stand for this,” he said. “You are sitting here like cattle! Is this America?”

“You’re starting to hear the crowd go a little crazy when the cop takes his arm and twists it behind his back to drag him out,” Glenn said. “And the audience is verbally and visually shocked by this.”

“Because the guy wasn’t doing anything,” Pat said.

“He’s not doing anything. He’s not resisting arrest. He doesn’t strike him. He did nothing,” Glenn continued. “Here’s the thing: These people do not want any questions. They don’t want any questions from you. You will accept it. Is there anything more important than your children’s education, and you just will accept it. And what’s sickening about this is the people on the stand, the people who are in charge are all smiling. You notice that? They are all smiling. None of them have a problem with this at all. And they twist his arm. They take him out. They handcuff him and they arrest him. The reason why he can’t be on the program today is because he is facing 10 years in prison. They are claiming second-degree assault of a police officer.

Glenn often speaks of ‘road sign’ and ‘push cart’ moments that may seem small at the time, but, in the larger scheme of things, actually prove to be monumental. This incident could very well be one of those instances.

“This is the push cart. Remember I said, when the guy set himself on fire in Tunisia and that was just, that was an international story. That was not a big deal. That wasn’t going to lead to anything, right? Everything was just, ‘Please, relax.’ And I said at the time, ‘That push cart is going to set the entire Middle East on fire and eventually the world,’” Glenn explained. “That push cart was the last stop before significant unrest and possibly World War III. And as it’s turning out, that’s exactly right. I am telling you with everything in me, warning: The people sitting down and being cattle. And what they did to this man and are doing to this man is a significant road sign on the road on which we are traveling. This is not America. I’ve never seen anything like this before. You know how you see these videos sometimes and you’re like, ‘Okay. Well, you shouldn’t have done that.’ There’s nothing this guy did wrong. Nothing… except ask a question.”