Texas School District Uses Armed Agents to Arrest Parents in Their Own Homes
'Public school officials have demonstrated a willingness to use police power'
The Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD) in Texas is using force against parents who speak out against its policies by using its own armed agents to arrest them.
Christopher Rufo, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, said:
"The battle lines are clear: on one side, the Biden administration, public school bureaucrats, and their armed agents; on the other, parents and families who oppose school closures, mask mandates, critical race theory, and corruption."
"Public school officials have demonstrated a willingness to use police power to silence and intimidate their opponents."
Two fathers, Jeremy Story and Dustin Clark, spoke out against the school board’s “alleged corruption and school officials’ hostility toward parents."
Earlier this year, after giving evidence that the board had covered up an alleged assault by the superintendent, Hafedh Azaiez, against a mistress, Story, a minister, was cut off as Azaiez ordered armed officers to remove him.
Clark sought to speak against the district’s mask mandate, but layer the school board “locked the majority of parents out of the room, preventing them from speaking.”
We live in a very normal country where school boards can send cops to your house to arrest you and the FBI views parents as terrorists https://t.co/O3SSr2XNiP— Pedro L. Gonzalez (@emeriticus) November 17, 2021
Rufo claims that while the parents were asking the school board to open the room for public comment, the “school board president Amy Weir directed officers to remove Clark from school property.”
“As he was dragged out by two officers, Clark shouted to the audience: ‘It’s an open meeting! Shame on you. Communist! Communist! Let the public in!'” Rufo explained.
RRISD has its own police force, Rufo said, explaining:
“With a three-layer chain of command, patrol units, school resource officers, a detective, and a K-9 unit.”
And only a few days after Clark’s removal from school board premises, the school district “sent police officers to the homes of both men [Story and Clark], arrested them, and put them in jail on charges of ‘disorderly conduct with intent to disrupt a meeting.'”
Many parents believe the school board is trying to send a message: “if you speak out against us, we will turn you into criminals.”
Rufo said such tactics are not unique to RRISD:
In Loudoun County, Virginia, for example, where parents have protested against critical race theory and a sexual assault cover-up, the superintendent asked the county sheriff to deploy a SWAT team, riot control unit, and undercover agents to monitor parents at school board meetings.
He did not comply with the superintendent’s request, arguing the board had not given “any justification for such a manpower-intensive request.”
Story and Clark believe what they have gone through has implications beyond RRISD.
“This isn’t just about Dustin [Clark] and me. It is about everyone. If they can come for us and get away with it, school boards nationwide will be emboldened to come for you.”