Brief video shows confrontation between state senator, Yuma teacher
Published: April 11, 2013 at 6:12 pm
A cell-phone video shows state Sen. Don Shooter leaving a classroom at a Yuma charter school after he allegedly burst in to confront a teacher.
Danielle Munoz, a teacher at the EOC Charter High School in Yuma, took the short video clip of Shooter, R-Yuma, on March 22. Yuma Police reported that the senator slipped past school security to confront Munoz.
The brief video, obtained by the Arizona Capitol Times on Thursday following a public records request, shows Shooter walking toward Munoz, who’d begun to videotape the incident on her phone. The school guidance counselor, Theresa Dover, is heard shouting, “Amber, will you call 9-1-1?”
Shooter got close enough to point at the camera before turning around and walking out of the classroom. As he got close, Munoz is heard saying, “Sir, I do not feel comfortable with you being here and I’d like for you to leave.”
Dover then told Shooter he must leave the building and advised him to set up an appointment with the school, police reported.
Other parts of the video were redacted to obscure the faces of students and faculty in the room.
The incident is still under investigation by the Yuma Police Department, and Munoz is pursuing an assault charge against Shooter, according to an initial report released on March 27.
Days after the incident, Shooter explained that he wanted to discuss several instances of alleged bullying of his grandson by a teacher.