Wednesday, May 8, 2019

School security guard and D-2 part ways over Polis town hall incident

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The security guard involved in an incident at a May 4 town hall meeting featuring Governor Jared Polis at Sierra High School no longer works for Harrison School District 2, a district spokesperson said in a statement.

The guard, who has not been named, attempted to remove LaDonna Robertson from the town hall after it ended when she displayed a piece of cloth with a "recall Polis" message. A video of the incident shows the guard grabbing Robertson's arm and pulling her across several auditorium seats. Robertson later told Richard Randall on KVOR radio she had recently had back surgery, and the incident aggravated that. She also said the guard's grasp bruised her arm.

In a statement, D-2 public information officer Christine O'Brien said:

The District conducted an internal investigation of the incident which occurred near the end of the event. In the future, Harrison School District Two will require community partners to provide security for political events. The security employee involved in the incident is no longer employed by the District. As this is a personnel matter, we will not comment further.
She also said the district was "pleased to partner with the Colorado Springs Independent and the Colorado Springs Business Journal to offer one of our high school auditoriums as a venue for the CEO of our state, Governor Jared Polis, to speak with our community." (The Southeast Express also served as a sponsor.)

"These groups had a shared objective to offer our students and residents the opportunity to hear from and respectfully engage with our elected official" O'Brien continued. "The organizers had established rules for the Town Hall meeting and unfortunately, some of the attendees chose to be disruptive rather than follow the rules that were clearly outlined."

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