A viral video has emerged from upstate New York showing father Dave Calus being forcibly removed from a Webster CSD Board of Education meeting for not wearing a mask.
“What are you doing?” the woman filming the disturbing scene shouted. “What are you doing? Holy crap. Holy crap!”
Calus was seen in the video quietly observing the board of education’s presentation when a security guard asked him to mask up.
Calus politely declined.
The security guard insisted, saying, “No, you need to put your mask on right now.”
A parent who was sitting quietly at a school board meeting in Webster, New York on Tuesday was forcefully removed for not wearing a mask. This is INSANE.
The man had to seek medical attention at an urgent care following the incident. pic.twitter.com/lm7DNwxM6C
— marky 🏳️🌈⃠ (@LGBTrumpUSA) February 9, 2022
When the dad did not comply, the guard grabbed the back of Calus’s chair and began dragging him to the back of the room.
And that’s when things got ugly.
After grabbing Calus’s jacket and yanking it off him, Calus again attempted to calmly sit. The guard nearly upended his chair, then pushed him out the door, as the woman yelled, “That is assault! That is assault!”
Another woman could be heard asking, “Do you put your hands on our children, too?”
“Officer, do something about this!” the woman filming the incident implored.
The stunning show of force was uploaded to the Facebook page of ROC for Educational Freedom Public Page. From there, it took off, garnering national attention and countless eyes on social media.
New York’s on-again/off-again mask mandate policy has been in the news a lot lately.
As American Wire News reported, on January 24, Governor Kathy Hochul’s statewide mask mandate was ruled to have violated the state’s constitution. The governor’s office immediately appealed and was granted a stay, meaning the mandate would stay in place until the appeal is heard.
This week NYC Mayor Eric Adams was caught violating the indoor mask policy at a restaurant in the Bronx.
And just one day after this video was taken, Gov. Hochul announced she was lifting the mask mandate for businesses, though she left it in place for schools, according to the New York Post.
Calus went on the Kimberly’s Revolution podcast to discuss the incident.
“I went into the building without a mask on,” Calus said. “I signed in, and they said, ‘you need to wear a mask.’ I said, ‘thank you.’ I signied in, they handed me a mask — I did not put the mask on — and I put it in my pocket.”
According to Calus, parents were separated into “masked” and “unmasked” groups.
“They were segregating masked and unmasked parents,” he said. “The unmasked parents were going to have to sit in a classroom with a video monitoring watching and listening to the board meeting.”
Calus was at the meeting to speak about the mask mandates. After about 15 or 20 minutes, the guard approached him, and the rest is viral history.
In an interview with Spectrum News 1, Calus said, “Should I have worn a mask? Maybe. But if I am there advocating on behalf of my child, you know, to go to school mask-free while I’m wearing a mask, that’s really not going to carry a lot of weight, right?”
Webster Central School District issued a statement, which reads, in part:
We understand that individuals have strong feelings about masking. We hear those concerns and are continuing to monitor the rapid changes in this ongoing pandemic. This week, the Monroe County Council of School Superintendents wrote a letter to Gov. Kathy Hochul advocating for guidance and guidelines regarding an exit strategy for masking and other mitigation strategies.
A statement from the Webster Police Department revealed that, while school resource officers were present when the incident took place, they were not directly involved. “When the investigation is complete, we will make a determination on whether charges are appropriate,” the statement reads.
As for Calus, he has retained a lawyer.
“Dave has a genuine concern for his son, of course, first and foremost, but a genuine concern for the parents and the other children in Webster, in Monroe County, and in New York State who have been subjected to all of these ridiculous mandates,” said attorney Chad Hummel.
“So, any action that may come out of this as a result of what Webster did to him last night, if it can be beneficial for the children of New York State and the parents of New York State, that’s probably going to be, you know, number one priority right now, as opposed to any sort of, you know, monetary demand from the school district,” Hummel said.
“I’m disappointed, you know,” Calus stated, “and I know that I know that parents have not been able to make changes. We haven’t had a voice in a very, very long time. So, I’m hoping, you know, that that changes quickly.”
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