State Senator may face charges

April 18, 2013

A State Senator may face charges for entering his teenage grandson's classroom without permission...and confronting the teacher.

Yuma police have asked city prosecutors to file four misdemeanor charges against state Senator Don Shooter. The charges being sought include assault, interference or disruption of an educational institution, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. A police spokesperson said the city prosecutor will review the police reports and decide whether charges should actually be filed. Police have been investigating since they were called to the EOC Charter High School on March twenty-second and told that Shooter had confronted a teacher there. The Yuma Republican is chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Police reports say Shooter entered a classroom without approval and waved his finger in the teacher's face before a guidance counselor was able to talk him into leaving the class. In a statement to police that was provided to the media last week, Shooter said the teacher had repeatedly called his grandson and another boy "special ed" and had refused to allow the grandson to go to the bathroom when he was sick. Steve Goldstein, KJZZ News.

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