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VIDEO: Education forum gets physical, parent-police confrontation at Md. event

In a screen grab from YouTube, a Baltimore police officer (left) attempts to restrain Robert Small, who spoke out at a Towson, Md. state education forum reportedly in violation of pre-set ground rules; Small was charged with assault.
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(CBS) TOWSON, Md. - A Maryland man who didn't follow the rules at a state education forum was arrested for assault after he and a police officer providing security got into a scuffle, CBS Baltimore reports. The confrontation in Towson was captured on video, in which the disobedient father appeared to get the worst of it

According to the station, Maryland's Department of Education had set some ground rules for the Thursday night about a new curriculum called the "Common Core."  Participants were asked to submit their questions in writing to get through as many as possible in a short period of time.

But Howard County man Robert Small would not be silenced.

"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... Hey, is this America?" Small said, according to CBS Baltimore.

"Parents, you need to question these people," Small said.

At some point, a Baltimore police officer serving as security grappled with Small, as can be seen on video initially posted on YouTube.

Small end up being charged with assaulting a police officer, reports CBS Baltimore, which also says a conviction on the charge carries a $2,500 fine and up to 10 years in prison.

Small is also charged with disturbing a school operation, which carries a $2,500 fine and six months in jail.

  • Barry Leibowitz

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