Men allegedly threaten principal with zip ties after student sent home for COVID-19 exposure

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Police were called to an Arizona elementary school after a parent and two others allegedly confronted a principal when he was sent home to a student who tested positive for COVID-19 .

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Diane Vargo, principal of Mesquite Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona, told Granthshala that the father entered the school with his son and was aggressive towards school staff when the boy was sent home.

She brought the man into her office, and about 10 minutes later, he was joined by two other men. One of the men had a black zip tie, and the father and another man were filming the principal on their cell phones.


“[The father] was very upset and demanded that his son stay in the school. And I said he can’t. We are just following the protocol. He had a phone in my face. He was telling me that more people were coming,” said Vargo.

“Those other guys broke into my office and blocked my door, and one of the men had these big black zips in his hand, and the other guy had a phone too,” she said.

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The primary school had contacted the father earlier on Thursday to confirm that his son and other students had been exposed to a man who had tested positive for coronavirus.

The group of men then came to the school and threatened to “civilize arrest” on the principal if the boy was not allowed to return to school.

Vargo said, “I tried to reduce that before all, but they were aggressive, and I felt threatened. I was scared.”

Pima County Health Department has said Children should stay at home for seven days After being exposed to COVID-19. Students are allowed to return to school if they test negative for the virus in five days of quarantine and if they do not have any symptoms for a week.

Vargo asked the men to leave his office during the confrontation, but they refused. He then called the police, but by the time the officers arrived, the people had left.

The principal said the boy “saw it all – the threats, the zip ties, the aggression, the phone in my face, the demands.”

She said she wanted to hear the concerns of parents and knew it was a “challenging time” for families.

“We all know that students do better in school. We all know this. But for us to be open, we have to follow these guidelines,” she said.

Vargo told Granthshala that she has received a flood of support after the confrontation and that her office is now filled with flowers and words of encouragement.

“I have to say the community, across the country, has been so supportive, extremely helpful,” she said.

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Tucson Police Department U.S.A. confirmed to TODAY that officials responded to the school “by taking a fight.” An arrest was made from the school grounds on Thursday, and the man was cited and released on the misdemeanor charge.

The incident in Arizona comes as teachers and school officials across the country have faced angry parents for imposing fewer pandemic restrictions in schools. Allegedly a parent in Texas teacher’s face mask torn During a brawl in Austin last month.

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