A New Hampshire elected official concerned parents and community members after going into graphic detail about how he might hypothetically carry out a school shooting. The comments made by Jorge Mesa-Tejada, the chairman of the Hampstead Advisory Budget Committee, were made during a public meeting about safety concerns in regards to mobile classrooms at a local elementary school.
His remarks got him barred from school grounds after the atmosphere changed during the budget meeting when the official began making comments about school shootings.
Raw Story reports:
The Tea Party Republican opposes a $4.5 million construction bond, and his controversial remarks were in response to an infomercial produced by school officials that argues new buildings are needed, among other reasons, to protect children from potential sniper attacks.
Mesa-Tejada said renovations would not make Hampstead Central School any safer, and he then launched into a highly detailed description of how he might carry out a mass shooting at the school.
“Based on today’s situation, we can have snipers anywhere shooting people and all that, they might be shot,” Mesa-Tejada said. “Well, that’s true, it could happen — but based on my Marine Corps training, if I wanted to really do harm, I wouldn’t do it while they’re going from the portables to the main building. I would wait until recess. I would hide in the woods behind them and I’d have a field day.”
At that point another board member intervened, cutting off Mesa-Tejada, saying, “No more.”
In response to Mesa-Tejada’s comments, the school superintendent issued a no-trespass order Friday barring the budget committee chairman from school property without permission.
School officials said they were disturbed by his comments.
“I can’t even begin to explain how someone goes from discussing a bond article, talking about construction at the school, to detailing how he would commit a mass shooting at our elementary school,” said Jason Cipriano, Hampstead School Board chairman. “I can’t speak to him and his mentality, or how he got there. All I can say is that I am very disturbed.”
Mesa-Tejada had been previously warned about controversial comments he has made.
“Anybody that puts our children’s safety at risk, I don’t think is fit to serve in any public capacity,” said Earl Metzler, school superintendent.
“We’ve had to speak to him on several occasions about how he conducts himself around children and his tone and interactions with school personnel,” Metlzer added, according to the Eagle Tribune. “It isn’t always appropriate, but we’ve never dealt with something like this.”
Hampstead School Board Chairman Jason Cipriano said Mesa-Tejada’s remarks were outrageous.
.”I’ve done my best over time to have a civil relationship with him and other members of the budget committee, and my expectations during this professional meeting is that he would discuss the fiscal proposal, but to dissolve into a conversation where he describes a mass murder at our elementary school is outrageous and disgusting,” Cipriano said.
“When I saw the recording, I had two first reactions,” said Caitlin Parnell, a mother of two elementary school students. “One was disbelief that an elected official would be talking this way, and my second reaction was to feel sick to my stomach.”
“My intention was to highlight the fact that the children are more at risk on the playground than when moving between the trailers and the main building, should someone want to harm them,” he said. “Stupidly, I used excessively graphic language. It’s inexcusable and I apologize.”
It’s hard to fathom how, during an inundation of mass shootings in America, a budget meeting morphs into a pro-gun rant.
I’ll be he’s fun at parties, too.