Officials at Lowry Elementary School in Denver Colorado are so committed to sealing masks across small children’s faces the public school’s security guards entrapped, allegedly assaulted and incriminated a parent for persistently demanding his son be allowed to freely breathe and show his face in class.
On December 10, Colorado Governor Jarid Polis declared “the [Covid] emergency is over” in his state and rescinded the indoor mask mandate. Anthony Chavez and his 7-year-old-son, Chase, celebrated freedom and made clear to Lowry school administrators that the second-grader would no longer endure wearing face coverings on school premises.
“I had been patiently waiting to see a crack in the door. When Gov. Polis announced that no public health official has the right to tell anyone what to wear, I respect your choice. To me, no mayor, no city ordinance, no district school policy overrides the state’s declaration of the end of the pandemic,” Chavez told The Gateway Pundit in an exclusive interview. “I let them know, per the governor’s order, Chase will not wear a mask.”
Chavez’s decision to allow his son to return to a semblance of normalcy in December marked the first day of his ongoing battle with school officials who refused to abide by the governor’s policy.
“I first made my decision clear to the Assistant Principal/Interim Principal LaZedrick Jemison. Jemison referred me to the organization, F.A.C.E, to debate the issue,” he said. “F.A.C.E, Denver Public School’s ‘equity and engagement’ division, acts only as the school’s ‘buffer zone’ and keeps them shielded. They pretend to be sympathetic, then they offer you money for food assistance to make you go away. Most of its members are single moms who nod and shake their heads – but these complaints never go anywhere, never reach a school board member or your district rep. It’s just honey pot.”
COERCION, INTIMIDATION, DISCRIMINATION
Relentlessly fighting for his son’s right to attend second grade unmasked, Chavez then insisted on a meeting with the principal’s supervisor, District Instructional Supervisor Kevin King.
“I basically escalated my situation to his boss, Kevin King. I recorded him. He tried to convince me to keep the mask on Chase and told me his ‘lawyers are working with his health partners to create health guidance for schools and children,’” Chavez continued. “Then he noticed I was recording, asked me if I am recording and stepped closer with a cheesy grin. He asked me, ‘What can we do to get Chase to wear a mask?’
“I said, ‘No. I want to know who these people making these decisions are.’ He mumbled under his breath, ‘I can’t believe you’d do this to a 7-year-old.’ And I thought to myself, ‘I’m wondering the same thing about you, sir.’”
Every day, Chase attended school without a mask and every day his father received notice that Chase was coerced to put a mask on.
“Chase’s teacher began putting window screens around him and around his desk. I instructed Chase to kindly put the windows next to the trash and not allow himself to be separated,” the Native American Coloradoan explained. “They were attempting to have him sit six feet away from the other children while they were in their ‘numbers corner.’ They made him walk in front of the other kids as they walked through the halls to art class. I found out and I said, ‘That is not going to happen anymore and put a stop to it.’
“My son told me Jemison tried to offer bags of chips, candy and extra recess to convince my son to wear a mask. I sent them an email instructing them to stop going against my parental directive. My instructive was clear, ‘Do not try to incentivize or try to manipulate my son to wear a mask for any reason.’ But he continued to do it.”
After Christmas break, Guards informed Chavez he was no longer legally permitted in the school building where his son attended class. Even identifying whether his son’s new hat, gloves and coats were in the lost and found was prohibited:
A two-month crusade with the Denver Public School district escalated to Chavez’s arrest.
On January 25, the principal and gym teacher demanded Chase wear a mask during gym class. When he refused, they walked the 7-year-old boy out of the gymnasium into a hall where he was surrounded by a team of security guards.
“Janice Spearmen, the Special Assignment Interim Principal, called me insisting I encourage Chase to wear a mask in the gym. I said, ‘I just can’t go along with it anymore, Jan. I’m sorry.’ the most shocking part about it is, when I picked my son up, they had DPS security there already, Denver Public School security. When Spearman called me she knew I was not going to cooperate with that,” Chavez said. “My son was looking for a way to get back in. He was going to try another door. A couple of his friends helped him escape from the security people. This is what they have done because I have recognized my parental rights.”
Shellshocked, Chase returned home that evening and told his father about the verbal assault and harassment he experienced from his teachers, the principal and the guards.
The following day, Chavez waited for dozens of school officials to respond to his inquiries – “everybody, paralegals, higher-ups” – demanding an explanation about the school’s bigoted practice, but, “Nothing, crickets,” Chavez said. “All these people and nobody wants to talk to me. The couch class in America doesn’t want to do anything.”
On January 27, a Denver Public School Security Guards allegedly physically assaulted Chavez and wrestled him to the ground to block him from walking to his car, using his body as a barricade, to “manufacture a trespassing charge.”
“This guy, security guard Robert Grossaint, followed me. I was recording,” Chavez said. “That morning at drop-off, I gave my son a hug. My son walks into the building and Grossaint, a chief deputy who had harassed me 13 days in a row, told me, ‘You’ve been given notice. You can’t trespass here. You can go to jail.’”
Chavez claims he then threatened to pull Grossaint’s bond, get him fired, for interfering with his son’s ability to safely enter the school building and intruding on his parental rights:
I said, ‘You are a public official; you’re bonded and insured, and I have your information’ – this triggered him. He walks a little ahead of me towards the exit, where his jurisdiction ends. He stops and blocks me. I told him he does not have the right to block me. Then he grabs me and punches me in the chest while he grabs my shirt – like, a quick pull punch. Then stuck his finger in my face. We wrestled all the way through the parking lot. I was tripping and tumbling while I trying to get to my truck. This is false imprisonment.
I said, ‘Get your hands off me, get your hands off me!’ At this point I turned around; my back was facing the public property – not to be held there captive. My instincts kicked in. This individual has been waiting for this conflict, he initiated the conflict, and he initiated the physical contact.
I had several opportunities to punch this guy, but I didn’t. I was trying to record at the same time. I fended them both off.
RESISTANCE = HOUSE ARREST
After spending two nights in jail, Chavez was put on house arrest on January 29. Law enforcement officials are investigating whether he “interfered with a school operation,” “misdemeanor assault” charges and “trespassing,” according to a police report obtained by The Gateway Pundit. Lowry Elementary School also filed trespassing charges against Chavez, retroactively, for previously dropping off and picking his son up from the school prior to the assault.
“I was given the maximum confinement with an area restriction, which means I am not allowed to even go to the porch. I can’t take the trash out. I can’t walk to the curb or to my truck. They are forcing me to wear an ankle bracelet, right now. I posted $2500 bond for the trespassing charge,” he said.
Waiting for his father to arrive, Chavez’s 86-year-old mother and only relative in Colorado, picked Chase up from school and broke the news that his father was apprehended.
“My son has not been to school for the last five days, following the incident,” Chavez lamented. “I can’t leave my house to get groceries. I have stale bread over here, it’s getting moldy. I mean, I am using marinara sauce from last night, from a calzone that someone brought me, that I’m using for ingredients. I can’t go to work. I can’t take him to school. I can’t go to the grocery store – it’s a block and a half away. And I’m sitting here. I can’t take out the trash. The only family I have is my 86-year-old grandmother to help take care of my son. And my son is getting zero education right now.
“I will not stand for Chase’s generation to be thrown away because of adult fear.”
Chavez documented nearly every encounter with school officials and teachers, but as he wrestled the security guard, his camera failed.
The DPS guards are required to wear a body camera, but a detective investigating the case told Chavez there is no additional footage documenting the assault. Grossaint purportedly told the detective he happened to stop recording prior to the physical confrontation. Chavez is urging the school to turn over its surveillance footage to law enforcement officials. On Thursday morning, Chavez will attend arraignment court.