A heated dispute over a face mask mandate in a Florida school ended up with the arrest of a student’s mother.
On Tuesday, Kari Turner was arrested after she refused to wear a mask at a meeting held at the Pinellas County School District headquarters, the local television station WFTS Tampa Bay reported.
The meeting involved 25 parents who were arguing against the district’s face mask policy, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Before the confrontation, the Pinellas County School Board had voted 4-1 to extend their mask rule indefinitely, though it said that it would review the policy every three months.
“This has become political, but none of this has ever been a political discussion either with myself or this board,” Superintendent Michael Grego said during the hearing.
According to a statement released by the Pinellas County Schools, “the individual refused to wear a mask which began a series of events that led to the arrest.”
Turner, 40, was arrested for trespassing, battery on a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct.
Another parent, Michelle Stille, told the Tampa Bay Times that she was trapped in a hallway, and was only allowed to leave after she put her mask on.
“I have other kids, so I didn’t want to be arrested today,” she said.
School board chairwoman Carol Cook promised to release a full report at a later time, in the interest of privacy.
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