A Sunday school teacher was arrested after refusing to wear a mask Thursday night at a school board meeting in Plaistow, New Hampshire.
Kathleen Bossi was with a group of people who weren’t wearing face coverings inside the Timberlane Performing Arts Center, which is against school policy.
What started as a conversation about the First Amendment quickly turned into a scuffle with the police as the group of unmasked people entered the auditorium to speak out.
“You are violating my rights right now,” Bossi told the arresting officer. “You are careless.”
Danville’s mom, Bonnie Bowley, was part of the group calling for an end to the district’s children’s mask term.
“I’m not an emotional person, and I was very emotional, I was very upset,” Bowley said in an interview on Friday. “We’re members of the public, we’re just going to talk at a school board meeting, it was very surreal.”
School board member Shawn O’Neil said police were called ahead of Thursday’s meeting in anticipation of protests against mask requirements, which he also does not support.
“There are no exemptions from wearing a mask, no entry, no services,” he said in a telephone interview. “We have children with health problems and there is no accommodation for that – it’s unreal.”
Police say Bossi was arrested for disorderly conduct. Bowley says Bossi is her children’s Sunday school teacher.
“My children are crying, they are afraid,” she said. “I was angry, so I was screaming.”
A few minutes later, the school board president moved the meeting to Zoom and sent everyone home.
“We’re silenced, just silenced,” Bowley said. “This shouldn’t happen in Plaistow, New Hampshire.”
School board president Kim Farah did not return NBC10 Boston’s requests for comment.
The police deferred all questions to the Timberlane school district, but the principal did not call us back either.