Three men were arrested and charged with trespassing after threatening to arrest an elementary school principal with zip ties after disputing COVID-19 rules for students, according to the Tucson Police Department.
Officials say the men confronted the Mesquite Elementary School’s principal on Thursday after a student was required to quarantine and miss a field trip because of possible exposure to COVID-19.
School officials said one of the men is the father of the student who was directed to quarantine and miss the field trip.
Vail Unified School District Superintendent John Carruth told The Associated Press last week that the principal met with the men in her office for about 20 minutes before telling them to leave, to which they refused. The men later left after the principal called 911 but before officers arrived.
Sgt. Richard Gradillas, a Police Department spokesperson, told The Arizona Republic that officers arrested two of the men on the day of the confrontation, Sept. 2, and the third was arrested on Monday.
All three were cited for misdemeanor trespassing and released. The Republic is not naming the men because they don’t face felony charges.
Carruth supported the principal’s decision to call the police.
“The principal through training and her own personality did an excellent job of making sure that tensions didn’t escalate,” Carruth said.
One of the men recorded the encounter and posted it on social media, though the video has since been deleted.
Gradillas declined to offer more information on the incident.
The Vail Unified School District did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the third arrest as of Tuesday evening.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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