“Someone came from behind me and jerked my arm up.”
This is crazy, and it underscores how seriously people are taking this ideological battle.
The Tennessee Star reports:
Two Gwinnett County Parents Arrested, One Allegedly Bruised, Slammed Against Wall at School Board Meeting
Law enforcement officers at Thursday’s Gwinnett County Public School (GCPS) Board meeting arrested two mothers, one on a charge of criminal trespass and another on a charge of obstruction as part of the school’s new security measures.
Both mothers told The Georgia News on Friday they did nothing wrong and that School Resource Officers (SROs) overreacted — to put it mildly.
Karen Pirkle said she displeased GCPS Board members last month by speaking out against COVID-19 mask requirements. She returned for this month’s meeting. GCPS officials told Pirkle she was trespassing.
“Someone came from behind me and jerked my arm up. Mind you, I am a retired deputy sheriff. I know the routine. They were trying to handcuff me, but their handcuffs were in my palm, so they weren’t getting it onto my wrist. And they kept saying I was resisting, which I was not. Then I asked the officers if I could at least give all my stuff to my husband. They said yes,” Pirkle said.
“Brenda, the other lady arrested, came running up and asked ‘Can I take your phone and paperwork to your husband?’ I said ‘I really appreciate it.’ We have never met. This was our first night meeting. She took it and somehow when she was going through the metal detector they found a pair of kindergarten scissors in her bag because she would crochet during the meeting.”
The other woman, Brenda Stewart, said she witnessed law enforcement officers “being rough” and hurting Pirkle.
“I go up to the two metal detectors. There is a security desk there. I set my purse down and said I will get her phone. Then I went through the metal detector, and then I came back. I wasn’t going to stay [at the meeting]. My plan had not been to stay there very long anyway,” Stewart said.
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