Teacher Arrested for Not Wearing Mask to School Board Meeting
Kate Bossi of Atkinson, New Hampshire led away in handcuffs
A teacher in New Hampshire has been arrested by police for attending a school board meeting without wearing a mask, according to reports.
Sunday school teacher Kate Bossi of Atkinson, NH, was arrested and led away from the meeting in handcuffs after violating the school policy by entering the building without a mask.
“You are violating my rights right now,” Bossi told Sgt. Alec Porter and the other police officers as she was arrested and forcibly removed from the building.
"You are remiss," she added.
“Come on, Sgt. Porter,” another man shouted.
"You know this is wrong what they’re doing to our kids."
Bossi was swarmed by police and arrested when she attempted to walk into the auditorium where the Timberlane Regional School Board meeting was scheduled to take place, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.
Bossi’s daughter, Jackie Wydola, recorded her mother’s arrest while it happened shortly after the meeting was scheduled to begin.
Chairwoman Kimberly Farah shut the meeting down before it started and ordered it to be held remotely.
“I didn’t want to jeopardize the health of the staff and the students,” she said.
“Are you seriously doing this, you guys?” Wydola asked the officers.
“This is law enforcement. You’re not enforcing laws, you’re enforcing policy. That doesn’t matter.”
Wydola said her mother “didn’t really have any interaction with the officer.
"She just walked into the building, and when they realized that she had come into the auditorium they followed her in here.”
One mother scolded the police as they led Bossi away, telling them her children were crying outside because they were seeing their Sunday School teacher being arrested.
“We have every right to be here,” the mother told the Union Leader.
“I get it’s scary, but that should not dictate our right to be here.”
She also said she would not have brought her children to the meeting if she had known they would “face that kind of aggression.”
“I came here pretty calm and now I’m trying to calm down,” she added.
At least one school board member agrees with the protesting parents, telling the Union Leader, “Kids are going to be going to the prom in two days.
"It would be nice to have them be able to enjoy it without a mask. You know?
"They all got screwed last year.”
Masks for school children have proven controversial, though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children aged 2 and older wear them.
Several states, such as Florida and Texas, have gotten rid of face mask mandates, and other states are expected to do so this summer.
New Hampshire has had a total of 98,091 cases of COVID-19 with 1,341 deaths as of May 21, according to The New York Times.