A Sunday school teacher was arrested after refusing to wear a mask last week at a school board meeting in Plaistow, New Hampshire.
Kathleen Bossi was with a group of people who refused to wear facial coverings inside of the Timberlane Performing Arts Center, despite school policy that requires them. What started as a conversation about the First Amendment quickly turned into a scuffle with police as the group entered the auditorium, hoping to speak out against the school mask requirement. “You are violating my rights right now,” Bossi told the officer that was arresting her. “You are remiss.” Danville mom Bonnie Bowley was also part of the group with Bossi. In an interview on Friday, Bowley said, “I am not an emotional person, and I was very emotional, I was very upset. We are members of the public, just going to speak at a school board meeting. It was very surreal.”
School board member Shawn O’Neil says police were called ahead of the meeting in anticipation of protests against the mask requirements, which he also does not support. “There are no exemptions to wearing a mask, [it’s] no entry, no services,” he said in a phone interview with NBC10 Boston. “We have kids with medical conditions and there’s zero accommodations for that. It’s unreal.” Police say Bossi was arrested for disorderly conduct.
Bowley says that Bossi is her kids’ Sunday school teacher. “My kids are crying, they’re freaked out,” she said. “I was mad, so I was screaming.” Minutes after the incident, the school board chair moved the meeting to Zoom and sent everyone home. “We’re being silenced, just silenced,” Bowley told NBC10 Boston. “That should not happen in Plaistow, New Hampshire.” According to NBC10 Boston, police deferred all questions to the Timberlane School District, but they were unable to reach the superintendent.
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