Senator Don Shooter on Camera Barging Into School

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Last month, Republican State Senator Don Shooter made an unannounced and unwanted appearance at a Yuma charter school. He burst into a classroom after he slipped past the front desk and caused a scene, according to police reports. 

New Times just received the cell phone video that teacher Danielle Munoz took of the incident, and catches ol' Angry Face Shooter in the act. Shooter apparently yelled his name over and over, demanding to speak with the teacher of the classroom, which Shooter's grandson apparently attends.  

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Yuma police are recommending misdemeanor charges against Shooter possibly for assault, interference or disruption of an educational institution, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

The below video seems to show Shooter near the end of his outburst, because according to the report, when Shooter saw he was being filmed he decided to leave. 

You can read the above links to get caught up on what happened, but this account from what seems to be a young student in the class sums it up nicely, too. 

(Some words have been cut off near the edges in the version included in the report, and we've corrected some spelling errors.)

"[I] was sitting in class when the door opened and a man [came] in class and asked my teacher if she was Danielle Munoz ... [she] answered yes. The man said his name was Don Shooter and Ms. Amber [the school registrar that Shooter slipped by when she answered a call] came in behind the man and told him if he can please walk out of the class room [and] that he can't just walk in the building like that and that it was her job to tell him that. The man told Amber that it was OK ... the man got angry and raised his voice more and more. Ms. Munoz grabbed her phone. The man with an angry face walked towards Ms. Munoz when one of my class peers got up in front of the man. Then I got up and the man walked out of the class room."

Nice, Shooter. Class act.

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sarum
sarum

That's a charter high school?  Sheesh!  Even in grade school most boys don't want any family doing battle for them.  It's BELITTLING!

OATHKEEPER1958
OATHKEEPER1958

THAT UNITED STATES CITIZEN HAS EVERY RIGHT TO BARGE IN AND STOP THAT TEACHER FROM ABUSING HIS GRANDCHILD.  MOST OF YALL PROBABLY DON'T HAVE KIDS, OR IF YOU DO THEIR PROBABLY OUT OF WEDLOCK SO YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW A FAMILY MEMBER FEELS.  MESS WITH ONE OF MY GRANDCHILDREN AND WATCH ME COME UNHINGED LIKE A BARN DOOR!!

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

I've read all the media reports, seen the video (he looks like an angry douche), etc...

One thing that no one seems to be able to answer, or at least I have not found it if it exists, is why was he so pissed off to begin with??

Does anyone, other than Shooter himself, know?

Reasonable non-flame answers please, so YPS, Jaffy and your aliases, don't bother answering, you have proven yourselves to not be able to be reasonable.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

WHAT IF Shooter had "barged" into that school loaded for bear? Just seeing his piece strapped to his ample thighs would have been pretty frightening. But that's just my opinion.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

Either the title of this blog is incorrect or there is a significant portion of video that has been cut.  From what I saw, nothing in the video supported the statement of Shooter "barging into school."  It does show his presence within the classroom, an expression certainly displaying a tone or mood of intimidation or aggression, and his departure when asked to leave.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

acting in a threatening manner is only a split second away from becoming an actual threat. many people have crossed that line completely by accident and had absolutely NO intention of being a threat. Shooter could just as easily have become a threat and purely by accident. DUI's are still held accountable whether or not they kill or harm anyone because they pose a threat that COULD happen. if a entire class felt him to be a possible threat....all it would have taken is one simple mistake and he could have been a real threat. he should face legal action to some extent because of that. i am not a lawyer or a law maker, so i dont know what legal recourse could be taken, but i feel some should be. if we allow Shooter to go with out having to face legal repercussion, we will have to re-evaluate every single  case where someone ACTED or came across in a threatening manner, but didnt follow through. the saying "no harm, no foul" should not be applied in Shooters case. a crime of passion is still a crime

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@HILLFOLKREDNECK  

I think your grandchildren suck cock, fuck animals and are the product of your abuse of them since they popped out of your childs hole between their legs. In my opinion they are illiterate stupid bastard children.

There, I now have 'belittled' your grandchildren, as Shooter accuses this teacher of doing....

Come and get me tough guy. Get unhinged, it should be a good show.

Tickets anyone? Giving them away for free (except Jaffy and YPS, $500 a piece for you)

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Simple.

Shooter's a TeaBagger. His delusions that his grandkids were being abused is the reason he went and ran his mouth.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Flyer, Shooter's a TeaBagger, so his delusions of his grandkids being abused is why he shot his mouth off and is facing potential charges.

I think Yuma County oughta recall him as well.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@Flyer9753 Yeah, what did the teacher do? Send his grandson to the principal's office? That happened to me all the time (owie owie owie!!!) but no one came to the school looking for vengeance.

saltywench
saltywench

@Flyer9753From 3/29/2013 posting in Valley Fever, apparently Mr. Shooter felt a teacher "belittled" his grandson:

Shooter then called Eileen Sigmund, president of the Arizona Charter Schools Association, to complain. 

Sigmund says Shooter did indeed call her afterward and explained that Munoz had belittled his grandson and he wanted something done about it.


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@eric.nelson745  What if he had flown a plane into the school?   What if he had filled a van with fertilizer explosives and parked it outside?  Imagine the horror!  He should be executed! 


eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@yourproductsucks If the school is up to snuff on its physical security plan, Shooter's "barging in" and the confrontation with the receptionist were recorded by video surveillance cameras. If not, the school needs to spend some money on more surveillance cameras. I don't think, however, that any of that will matter when witnesses described their encounters with the senator in court.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@yourproductsucks Agreed - it looks like the real action occurred prior to the teacher starting the video and, once Shooter realized she had begun videotaping, he first thought about directing her not to video (he begins to raise his hand towards her in a "stop" type of motion) but then thought better of it and just left.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@yourproductsucks So, you want to ignore ALL the media reports.  What a good little paid PR stooge you are!

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@danzigsdaddy One element of criminal behaviour that can't be ignored is culpibility.  One can't "accidentally" threaten another individual.  Although it doesn't state the level of culpability necessary to be found guilty of threatening and intimidating in the statute, one can infer that Recklessly would be the minimum culpable mental state necessary in order for one's actions to be considered illegal.

Was this person's actions reckless?  I think a reasonable person could come to that conclusion.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@eric.nelson745 @Flyer9753 

Exactly. 

Granted we do not know yet exactly what it was that was 'supposedly' so belittling, but let's be honest, short of something physical such as a teacher hitting a kid or similar, I fail to see ANYTHING that would justify or make anyones going to the school to confront the teacher anything other than someone (Shooter) wanting to intimidate or attack (verbally or physically) the teacher. 

I would have expected an adult, especially an elected official, to act like an adult and do the same thing they tell everyone else to do, take it up with the principal and work within the system to address it, not be a vigilante and take it upon yourself to address.

Personally I don't care what the teacher did, short of something physical, Shooters actions were wrong simply because he CHOSE to act like a vigilante instead of an adult.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@saltywench @Flyer9753  

Thanks Salty, I had missed that part - does anyone know what the 'supposed' belittlement was?

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@JohnQ.Public Your inferences seem reasonable.  Cameras are the great equalizer.  It seems the teacher's decision to videotape the interaction properly diffused the situation.  Kudo's to her.

It would be interestiing to know what the teacher did to prompt this reaction (which appears to be inappropriate) by Shooter.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@yourproductsucks I think a reasonable person could come to the conclusion, based on the YPD police report, that it was intentional and not just merely reckless.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@yourproductsucks @danzigsdaddy The FACT that he IGNORED the school officials and burst past them is itself a threatening action.  Look it up, little hanging Chad!

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@HILLFOLKREDNECK @Flyer9753 @yourproductsucks  

HAHAHAHA too stupid to even figure out notifications... yup, you have abused your grandkids I am sure, just by exposing them to your level of stupidity

Pray for yourself and your screwed up kids/grandkids - go on, pray to your fairy tale

btw - I thought you were going to get all 'unhinged', if so, that is the weakest 'unhinged' EVER.

OATHKEEPER1958
OATHKEEPER1958

@Flyer9753 @yourproductsucks   YOUNG LADY YOU OUGHT TO STOP FLASHING YOUR BODY ALL OVER THE INTERNET LIKE THE WHORE OF BABYLON!!!!    AND HOW DO I TURN THESE NOTIFICATIONS OFF IN MY EMAIL SO I DONT HAVE TO SIT THERE AND SEE YOUR FOUL MOUTH WRITINGS IN MY EMAIL?    YOU DON'T NEED GOD, YOU NEED AN EXORCIST!!!!  AND I PRAY FOR YOU!!!!!!

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@JohnQ.Public I disagree with your remark that "for too many years law enforcement had the attitude that "her skirt was too short, she had it coming". 

To this day, victims of crimes fear the reprisal they will face because it is deemed acceptable for a defense attorney to point out that "she had it coming, her skirt was too short."  Truth be told, it is improper for anyone to draw those conclusions.  If that is the only defense one has to offer a judge and jury, they are defenseless.  Due Process does not give carte blanche to the Defense...and each attorney swears to being ethical yet they throw ethics out the window in an attempt to feign "due process".

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@JohnQ.Public rereading my original post, I can see how I may not have been as clear as I thought.  The (which appears to be inappropriate) remark was directed at Shooter's actions rather than that of the teacher.  I am not suggesting in any way that the teacher was deserving of the conduct. 

Thank you for pointing out the possible miscommunication.  It certainly is one that would have been exploited by those here lacking integrity.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@yourproductsucks Want to make it clear that I was not accusing MCSO of having that attitude beacuse I have not heard any allegations of that being a pervasive attitude at MCSO. 

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@yourproductsucks Yes, it is acceptable for a defense attorney but not acceptable for law enforcement because for too many years it resulted in a law enforcement attitude of "her skirt was too short so she had it coming." (Not specifically at MCSO but for law enforcement in general).  We've moved a long way past that, but  I still get squimish when we start talking about what the victim did to deserve the conduct that was inflicted upon him or her.  I'm happy to have that discussion further with you in response to the appropriate article, but I'm going to leave it at that here because that's not the issue of the day - the issue is Shooter's conduct. 

Yes, you have been clear that you think Shooter should be arrested based on what we know from media reports and I commend you for that. 

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@JohnQ.Public When you reference my line of work, which line of work are you referring to?  You've previously suggested I come here on assignment in order to spin stories in one direction or another..if that were so, then your suggestion that I am somehow playing the "blame the victim" game has no merit.  You profess to be an attorney.  Defense Attorneys spend the majority of their careers blaming the victim.  Kurt Nurmi, who I consider a friend, has spent copious hours attempting to spin  that his client, Jody Arias, is the real victim and that the deceased deserved to die because he is abusive and perverted and a viewer of child pornography.  It's acceptable as an attorney, but God forbid a law enforcement officer is inquisitive.  There is much more to this story.

Nothing that the teacher could have done would warrant the response that Shooter gave. I have been clear that I believe there is probable cause to arrest Shooter for at least one misdemeanor and perhaps more.  That being said, there is no harm in wondering what caused Shooter to act. 

Maybe what you guessed was exactly what happened.  That only adds to the irresponsible actions of Shooter... Maybe there is something that does warrant further looking into.  Simply because the teacher is a victim in this specific incident (and she is a victim here) does NOT negate the possibility of some culpability regarding the actions (or inactions) within the classroom that precipitated this incident. I am not arguing aggravation or mitigation of the events, I am simply inquiring to the rest of the story.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@yourproductsucks Maybe she just insisted on discipline in her classroom.  Maybe she gave the kid a bad grade on poorly performed work.  I hope that I'm not reading too much into your comment, but it suggests a "blame the victim" attitude which is highly inappropriate - and I hope not pervasive in your line of work. 

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@WhoKnows Yeah, I used the same word but neither YPS nor I meant that someone actually stuck a tap into a cell phone.  While I often agree with you politically, comments like this are just sniping and don't do anything to advance your argument.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@yourproductsucks @JohnQ.Public "Cameras are the great equalizer." I've never heard that before. You may have invented a new buzz phrase, like "no comment" or "thinking outside the box." Well put!

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@WhoKnows None of what you wrote is contained in the video posted to this particular blog thread.  I commented on the video and the Title Hendley used to introduce the video. 

The title, "Senator Don Shooter on Camera Barging into School" is not an accurate description of what is actually caught on camera.  I am not arguing the validity of your claims.  Rather, I am pointing out they are not captured on the video posted.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@yourproductsucks That Shooter barged past the fron desk of the school, and refused to shop, while going to "talk" to the teacher of a kid that was neither his child, nor for whom he was a legal guardian!

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@WhoKnows What, then, are you saying?    Can you be more specific?  I'm not assuming anything if I am asking for clarification, by the way.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@WhoKnows Actually, Trespassing as defined by Arizona Revised Statutes does vary in degrees. 

The fact that the structure or property that is being trespassed upon is a school creates NO change in the severity of the offence. It remains a misdemeanor, same as if the trespass occurred inside the local 7-11.

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