DENVER — A parent was arrested at Monday’s Lincoln Charter School Board of Education meeting after refusing to wear a mask inside the school.
Shortly after the meeting started, Lincoln Charter School Board President Rob Brown reminded attendees that masks are required on school grounds, and asked those who were not wearing one to put one on or leave the premises.
After Brandon McConnell, 40, of Huntersville, declined to follow Brown’s order, a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy who was called to the meeting intervened.
“There’s only one way I’m walking out of this building, and that’s in handcuffs,” McConnell said to the board. “I’m not trying to give you a hard time, but that’s where we are right now.”
McConnell was arrested, escorted out of the building and charged with second-degree trespassing, Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam said. He was released under a $1,000 unsecured bond.
Masks still required
The Lincoln Charter board adopted a mask mandate for the school Aug. 23. There are currently 15 positive COVID-19 cases, and 13 students are quarantined, according to Chief Administrator Jonathan Bryant.
“Most of the quarantines that we’re seeing are from siblings or from outside of school-related activities,” said Bryant. “We’ve seen a slight reduction in positives, and we’ve seen what I would consider to be a significant reduction in quarantines.”
Following a lengthy series of public comments from parents, with most speaking in opposition of a mask requirement, the school board voted 5-3 to keep the mandate in place, based on a recommendation from Lincoln County Health Director Davin Madden. Board members Jonathan Austin, Vanessa Brown and Joel Dalton voted against the motion.
The next Lincoln Charter board meeting is scheduled for Oct. 25.