Argument over mask at Ohio middle school football game leads to woman being tased

Midwest

LOGAN, Ohio (NewsNation Now) — An Ohio school district is under lockout protocol Thursday due to threats resulting from a viral video showing the tasing of a woman resisting arrest for refusing to leave school property. The woman was asked to leave for failure to wear a mask, according to police.

Superintendent Monte Bainter said Logan-Hocking local schools were placed under lockout protocol, after receiving threats district-wide, NewsNation affiliate WCMH reported.

Law enforcement says the threats are related to a Facebook video captured by a spectator at the Logan Middle School football game Sept. 23. In the three and a half minute video, an officer attempts to handcuff a woman at a middle school football game.

“I will not put my hands behind my back, I’m not currently doing nothing wrong,” the woman protests.

The officer eventually tases her, after which she is handcuffed and led away from the bleachers.

In a statement, the Logan-Hocking Local School District identified the woman as a fan of the opposing team from Marietta.

In a press release from the Logan Police Department, the woman was identified as Alecia D. Kitts and the officer as School Resource Officer Chris Smith. The statement asserts Kitts “was not arrested for failing to wear a mask, she was asked to leave the premises for continually violating school policy.” Also, adding that Smith “advised her to comply or he would deploy his Taser if she did not quit resisting.”

According to the release, Kitts told the officer “she had asthma and was not going to put (a mask) on.”

After being escorted out, police said that Kitts refused treatment from local EMS.

“During a middle school football game held at the Logan-Hocking Local School District on the evening of September 23, 2020, an attendee was asked to comply with the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s and the athletic facility’s policies. The attendee refused to do so and consequently was asked to leave by the attending law enforcement officer. After resisting the request to exit the premises, the individual was apprehended at the discretion of the attending law enforcement officer. The school district is not able to comment further on details of the incident due to the ongoing investigation.”

Logan-hocking school district

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine addressed the incident during his news conference on updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic. He said he reached out to Superintendent Bainter to discuss what happened.

“To my knowledge, there has not been any other case besides this one where we turn and see something that goes viral and looks bad,” DeWine said.

DeWine defended the process in place to allow schools in Ohio to play sports during the pandemic.

“People who are judging this school, this officer … they were trying to follow the guidelines of the Ohio High School Athletic Association with the sole purpose of wanting the kids to play,” DeWine said.

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