School officer intervenes as school board member physically goes for parent who calls him an ‘idiot’

(Video Credit: WTHR)

A Shenandoah, Indiana school board member lost his temper and was caught on video rushing and attempting to attack a parent who called him an “idiot” during a heated school board meeting on Monday before a school resource officer intervened.

A parent named Jason Greer gave a presentation at that meeting concerning the effects of masking on children’s oxygen levels. A bout of name-calling between Greer and a board member named Alan Troxell commenced. Troxell is the school board’s assistant secretary.

Troxell told Greer at one point, “I don’t want to listen because you don’t make sense.” That was when Greer called him an “idiot.” Troxell then got out of his seat and rushed Greer angrily demanding, “What? What did you say? Did you call me an idiot?”

The board member was blocked by a school resource officer and then returned to his seat. Greer was ordered to leave the meeting.

When Troxell took his seat, he grabbed a sheath of papers and slammed them on the table. He angrily declared, “I ain’t putting up with this sh*t no more” and “I’m not going to sit here and be called an idiot by some dumb***.”

One woman could be heard saying after Troxell threw his fit, “and these are the people that are in charge of our children’s well-being.”

Greer told WTHR in an interview, “During the board meeting I provided a demonstration with an oxygen meter proving that per OSHA standards our kids are breathing unsafe levels of oxygen due to the mask mandate in our school. Mr. Troxell asked a follow-up question. I attempted to answer but he was unwilling to listen. At which point I said, ‘You’re not even trying to understand.’ He said, ‘I don’t want to listen because you don’t make sense.’ I replied with, ‘You’re an idiot.’”

The parent recounted that as Troxell rose to come after him, three school board members and the school resource officer rushed to stop him.

“I was seated this whole time and showed no aggression,” Greer remarked. “At which point the officers escorted me out but allowed the aggressor to stay. He called me an a**hole and a bastard. He then threw a temper tantrum and his papers. He attempted to quit but the board members asked him to sit down and stated ‘No, we need you.’”

Greer also said that Troxell called his wife “ridiculous” and that this isn’t the first time he’s had a meltdown at a school board meeting.

Shenandoah Schools Superintendant Ron Greer alluded to some type of reprimand, saying Troxell will “definitely receive something from our school board president.” He did not specify exactly what would happen to the board member.

Greer claims that Troxell “knows that his actions were not representative of membership and representing Shenandoah Schools.”

The school board issued a statement to WRTV that said, “Mr. Troxell is sorry for his actions” but it also claimed that its members “are tired of being called child abusers over a Mask Mandate.”

“Mr. Troxell’s situation was made personal, and was elevated from the frustration the entire school board feels when a parent chose to call Mr. Troxell an ‘Idiot’ during the school board meeting,” the school board statement said. “The behavior of the parent was unacceptable, as was Mr. Troxell’s reaction. This is not an appropriate way to address any public servant, whether you agree or disagree with their work.”

During that same meeting, the school board voted to extend its mask mandate in Shenandoah Schools until at least January 10, 2022.

The anger at school boards is quickly spreading across the country:


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