Meanwhile, some yokel refuses to protect his neighbors from coronavirus by complying with the Mitchell School District’s mask mandate…
People at the meeting tell Dakota News Now that Bender chose not to wear a mask and was asked to either wear a mask or leave the meeting.
In July, the school board put in place a mask mandate for the district.
When Bender refused both those options, authorities arrived to escort him out.
One of the officers can be seen removing his taser from his holster but the taser was not used.
Bender can be seen eventually leaving with the two officers [“Man Removed from Mitchell School Board Meeting After Refusing to Wear Mask,” KSFY, 2020.09.14]”
The SDGOP spin blog sniffs disdainfully at the use of “force to compel mask wearing.” As usual, the SDGOP spin blog misses the point. The Mitchell school board didn’t force Bender to put on a mask. Police didn’t pin Bender and strap a mask over his muzzle. The Mitchell school board asked people at the meeting to comply with their health and safety rules, as surely as they ask students every day to comply with the dress code or ask visitors to the school to comply with other regulations for the safe and orderly operation of the school. When Bender refused, they asked Bender to leave. When Bender refused to leave, the board didn’t call police to enforce the mask mandate; the board called police to handle a disruptive individual who refused to comply with a proper order to leave the meeting.
If SDGOP spin blogger Pat Powers were to listen to his neighbor, political scientist Dr. Bob Burns, he’d understand that liberty depends on accepting certain limitations on our behavior for the good of everyone. But Powers and his party (the same people who had an authoritarian freak-out when protestors packed the Capitol gallery in Pierre and made a ruckus about the repeal of Initiated Measure 22 in 2017) are now the party of rank selfishness and defiance of public order.