TUSD protest being reviewed to see if criminal charges warranted

2011-04-29T07:15:00Z 2011-04-29T07:21:15Z TUSD protest being reviewed to see if criminal charges warrantedArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 29, 2011 7:15 am  • 

TUSD and law enforcement are reviewing videos of Tuesday night’s protest at the school-board meeing to determine if prosecution is warranted.

The protest, organized by the youth-formed coalition Unidos, resulted in the cancellation of the Governing Board meeting as students chained themselves to the dais in support of Mexican American Studies. 

TUSD Superintendent John Pedicone said that while students and community members have the right of free speech, they do not have the right to interfere or impede the operation of the district.

“This type of behavior will not be tolerated,” Pedicone said. “The public must feel confident that TUSD believes in the importance of ensuring school district operations are being handled effectively and that, in all cases, a professional and orderly environment will be maintained.”

The protest began just minutes before the meeting was scheduled to begin. Students ran up to the dais where the Governing Board sits and chained themselves to the chairs.

Security attempted to remove them but were unsuccessful.

Though the organizers were told that the meeting had been canceled, the protest continued for about two hours before they cleared out of the room on their own.

The meeting has been rescheduled for May 5 at 5:30 p.m. at Catalina Magnet High School, 3645 E. Pima Street.

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