Watch the guy in the mask, Jonas Sjoberg; the woman in white over black behind off to the right snarking to the woman in dark purple (keep an eye on her smirks) to her right (wife of guy in black on far right); and watch the guy in black roll up in front of him and get in his face; Sjoberg exits the scene; and later, watch the guy in black grab the Sjoberg’s phone. The husband and wife team object to a photo, but their performance is recorded for all to see. We saw what you did and we know who you are. WATCH VIDEO HERE! (thanks, STrib for posting link) I do hope Sjoberg presses charges, or that the School District will. There is no excuse for threats and intimidation, followed by assault and battery.

To send a message of support to Eastern Carver County school board: schoolboard@district112.org


Mask debate leads to altercation during Eastern Carver County school board meeting

School officials echo local and national leaders in call for civility.  By Mara Klecker Star Tribune September 28, 2021 — 5:37pm

From the article:

In a statement posted online Tuesday, school board Chair Jeff Ross and Superintendent Lisa Sayles-Adams said the issue of masking has become a “flash point” in the district, which includes Chaska, Chanhassen, Carver and Victoria.

“The behavior and conduct on display in our boardroom this week was unacceptable,” the statement read. “It is healthy for us to disagree and to seek more information. It is not OK, and not acceptable to resort to violence or accuse decisionmakers of being Nazis.”

The incident is the latest in a series of school board meeting interruptions — both locally and nationwide — caused by irate and even violent parents arguing over COVID-19 protocols, critical race theory and social studies standards. And it’s not just yelling and pushing. Board members are also receiving new levels of harassment and threats, both in person and online...

The fracas in the Eastern Carver County boardroom was captured in the meeting video posted on the district’s website.

Jonas Sjoberg said he attended the meeting to let board members know that not everyone in the community was against them. His daughter attends a private school, but he wanted to give a comment as a Chaska resident.

“I saw over the summer all of this negativity about masks, and I thought ‘Holy moly, how nice it would be to see a board meeting with people standing up to say thank you to the board,’ ” he said. “But that’s not how it works. That’s not why people go.”

He kept his mask on as he spoke to the board. As soon as he sat down, he said, an unmasked man moved his chair to sit directly facing Sjoberg and then shoved him as he tried to move away. Ten minutes later, at the end of the public comment period, Sjoberg said he raised his cellphone and took a photo of the man because he planned to address his conduct with the school board.

A woman in the audience [wife of guy in black] asked Sjoberg to delete the photo and then the unmasked man rose from his seat, grabbing at [grabbed] Sjoberg’s cellphone and yanking on his shirt.

The physical contact lasted just seconds before a principal intervened and someone called for an officer...

The Chaska Police Department is investigating the incident. No charges have been filed.

Sjoberg said he spoke to police after the incident and didn’t return to the boardroom. He said he does not plan to press charges...

The group is also encouraging board members not to let the incidents distract them from their mission of serving students.

It really seems like all of a sudden it’s the adults who need a reminder of civility,” Schneidawind said.

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