Colorado school security guard appears to grab and pull a grandma over her grandchild at a town hall
A school security guard was filmed grabbing a woman by the arm at a town hall event with Gov. Jared Polis. The event happened Saturday at Sierra High School in Colorado Springs, but now the district tells us they've opened up an internal investigation into the incident.
On Tuesday, Harrison School District 2 says the security guard is "no longer employed" by the district. Christine O'Brien with District 2 sent the following statement:
A spokesperson with District 2 says the crowd was told before the event started that posters, flags and yelling were not allowed, among other behaviors.
As the governor left, one woman pulled out a scarf that said "Recall Polis." 11 News spoke to bystanders who watched what happened next. They say the woman was dragged over to her granddaughter, who was sitting down.
"He went from zero to complete hands-on physical, you know, submission methods," said Bob Tocarciuc, a man who helped the woman up.
Tocaciuc also happens to be a security guard, but he was not working the event, just attending as a citizen.
“I heard screaming to my left. I was approximately 8 feet away from the lady that got assaulted, I guess. It's the only way I can describe it," he said.
Tocaciuc believes the situation could have been handled differently.
"I think it was absolutely excessive," he told 11 News. “We talk to people first. All they had to do was ask. Maybe just try to guide her in the direction he would like her to go.”
School District 2 says they will get to the bottom of what happened and will gather all of the facts before they make any decisions.
The Colorado Springs Business Journal, Colorado Springs Independent, Southeast Express and Pikes Peak Bulletin hosted the event.
The Colorado Springs Independent provided the following statement: