Cops remove man from school board meeting for not wearing mask

September 17, 2020 / 1.3K views

The police were called on a man who refused to wear a mask during a school board meeting. The man was not arrested.

Argus Leader reported:

A Mitchell man was removed from a Mitchell School Board meeting Monday night after he refused to wear a mask. The incident was caught on video by KORN radio and shared thousands of times on social media.

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The Mitchell School District requires that any person inside a school building — including students, teachers, administrators, staff and parents — wear a mask. The mandate was issued July 13, and the meeting Tuesday night was held inside the Mitchell High School library.

The man, identified as Reed Bender, was offered a mask by board members at the beginning of the meeting. When he refused to wear the mask, board members called Mitchell police to escort the man from the building.

Video of the incident caught Bender arguing and starting to resist arrest before he complied with police. Bender was not arrested or charged, police say.

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"The board passed a mask mandate, and it applies to everyone," said Mitchell Superintendent Joseph Graves. "If you make an exception without a cause, like a medical issue, then the mandate no longer exists and individuals who don't wear the mask and have the virus can transmit it to others. ... Then the whole point of the mandate is gone."

Source: argusleader

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