An Arizona father whose son had to be quarantined after coming into contact with a COVID-positive student confronted the school principal with zippers and threatened civilian arrest over school rules during a videotaped march.
The parent and a group of other dads filmed their march to the Mesquite Elementary School headquarters after school administrators said, according to health department protocols, one of their children had to be quarantined for a week after being exposed to a student who tested positive for COVID -19, Chief Inspector John Carruth has confirmed: KOLD.com
The father, who called himself Reese in the video, claimed it was illegal for the school to quarantine his son, then him and two other men. confronted the headmaster, showed a live stream of the march.
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An Arizona father (pictured) whose son had to be quarantined confronted the school principal with cable ties and threatened to arrest citizens because of school rules
A group of dads filmed themselves ‘confronting’ headmistress Diane Vargo (pictured) after one of their sons was ordered to go into quarantine
A group of dads recorded their march to the Mesquite Elementary School headquarters (school pictured)
The entire incident was captured on a live stream recorded by a man who identified himself as Kelly Walker, owner of Viva Coffee in Tucson.
Walker can be heard saying that the men planned to “confront” Director Diane Vargo for violating multiple state laws that caused “major disruption to a family,” and that they the sheriff would call school officials if she broke the rules or even carried out a civilian arrest because school principals had no right to “take the law into their own hands.”
The man behind the video has identified himself as Kelly Walker (pictured) owner of Viva Coffee in Tucson
Chief Inspector John Carruth (pictured) says he knows tensions are high, but the parents went too far
In the livestream, Walker says against quarantining “healthy” children because it instills fear and “denies them from an education” and “imposes the lives of parents who have to work.”
On a certain moment Kelly grabs several “law enforcement officers” in his fist and shows them to the camera.
“We just came to talk first, but our officials need to know we mean it,” he says.
Once in Vargo’s office, the Post reports that the men confronted her and told her, “If you insist on this, I’ll have you arrested.”
“We stand ready to make a civilian arrest if necessary,” added one of the men.
“There will be no arrests here on the Mesquite campus,” Vargo told the men, insisting the school follow COVID protocols.
Carruth told the Post that after threatening to arrest her, Vargo told the three men to leave, but the men refused, so she left. her office and called the police.
The men left the school grounds before Tucson Police officers arrived.
No one was injured in the incident and the district is deciding whether or not to press charges against the men.
Chief Inspector Carruth says he knows tensions are high, but the parents have gone too far.
“We are working very hard to resolve parental concerns and this has definitely been a difficult and challenging 18 months and I understand when people get frustrated and understand when sometimes we can’t come to a solution that is acceptable to everyone. But there are ways to solve this without this and that just doesn’t belong on a school campus,” Carruth said. KOLD.com
The incident comes as COVID-19 cases and child hospitalizations continue to rise as the early stages of the new school year are hit by the Delta variant.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reports that 200,000 children tested positive for COVID-19 during the week of August 26, the second-highest weekly total on record during the pandemic.
Children were also responsible for more than 19,000 of the 812,000 hospitalizations recorded that week. While week-over-week totals did increase, it was at a much slower pace than the 50 percent increase from the previous week.