TOWSON, Md. - UPDATE (4:30 p.m.) -- Charges against Ellicott City man Larry Robert Small have been dropped by the State's Attorney for Baltimore County.
"It was clear that Mr. Small violated the rules of the meeting and disrupted the meeting," a release from the State's Attorney states. "It was also clear that the Officer acted appropriately and did have probable cause to make an arrest on both charges.
"The Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office has just received and reviewed the facts of this case, the release continues."In the interest of justice, further prosecution will not accomplish anything more. Therefore, the charges have been dismissed."
ORIGINAL -- A Howard County man who loudly voiced his concerns about the new Common Core curriculum at one in series of town hall meetings was formerly charged with disturbing a school operation and assault in the second-degree, online court records show.
Larry R. Small, of Ellicott City, was arrested by a Baltimore County police officer working off duty for the Baltimore County Public Schools system on Sept. 19.
Police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said Small shoved the off-duty officer, according to the police report. Small was later released on his own recognizance
“The arrest occurred after a BCPS official asked the officer to intervene when Mr. Small shouted a statement from the floor and refused repeated requests by BCPS Superintendent Dallas Dance to take his seat and follow the prescribed format,” the release from Baltimore County police states.
Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson said he is reviewing the case.
The meeting in Towson was one of a series of planned town hall discussions to answer questions about the new Common Core curriculum. The meeting afforded attendees the opportunity to submit questions ahead of time.
In a statement, Mychael Dickerson, chief communications officer for Baltimore County Public Schools said:
"We appreciate the Maryland State Department of Education for holding a Common Core State Standards Townhall meeting in Baltimore County last week. Excellent questions were asked and answered that evening. Questions that were not answered due to time constraints will be addressed. We will post the questions and answers on our website ( http://www.bcps.org) by the end of the week.
"The meeting helped us realize that we must do a better job of communicating what the Common Core is and what it is not. We have to ensure that our parents and community members understand that the Common Core allows us to implement our own curriculum, written by us, for us. This gives us the flexibility to ensure that we are meeting the needs specific to our children in Baltimore County.”
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