In Thompson, Connecticut, a man was arrested for one of the most bizarre alleged assaults we’ve seen lately.

A parent from of an elementary-aged school child was recently arrested for assaulting the school crossing guard for, what appears to be, the crossing guard simply doing their job.

I’m sure we’ve all had moments where we were maybe in a hurry to get out of the school parking lot, but nothing is so important that it needs to come down to fisticuffs between parents and crossing guards. Making matters worse, the crossing guard was also a senior citizen and a retired firefighter.

Crossing guard run down by elementary school parent. (Facebook/WINY Broadcast Screenshot)

 

The Connecticut State Police recently revealed the identity of 31-year-old Jason Beshaw of Thompson, they alleged to have attacked a crossing guard at the public elementary school in Thompson on November 25.

According to authorities, Beshaw was arrested after he used his vehicle to strike an elderly crossing guard at the Mary R. Fisher Elementary School. After allegedly hitting the crossing guard with his car, they say Beshaw then punched the 71-year-old until nearby witnesses were able to intervene and subdue Beshaw.

The crossing guard was taken to Day Kimball Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The events leading up to the altercation seem to be the most puzzling, as it seems that it all stemmed from nothing more than mildly hindered traffic from standard crossing guard duties.

According to a letter sent to student’s families and the media by Superintendent of Schools Melinda Smith, during student drop off and arrival time at the elementary school on November 25, Beshaw had tried to bypass the designated flow of traffic by accessing restricted areas within the parking lot of the school.

A crossing guard quickly attempted to stop the vehicle from entering the restricted area, but then Beshaw allegedly jumped out of the car and began punching the crossing guard.

The assailant was held by security that was on site until troopers from CSP Troop D arrived to arrest the Beshaw. Unfortunately, Superintendent Smith says, some parents and students witnessed the attack on the elderly crossing guard. The district is also cooperating with Troop D throughout the course of the investigation.

FROM THE NEWSROOM: (THOMPSON) State police have released the identity of a person they say attacked a crossing guard at…

Posted by WINY Radio on Monday, November 25, 2019

 

As for the alleged elderly abuser, Beshaw was charged with 3rd degree assault of an elderly victim, 2nd degree breach of peace, 2nd degree reckless endangerment, and risk of injury to a child. He was issued a $10,000 surety bond and scheduled to appear in Danielson Superior Court on Tuesday.

In a post on Facebook, Jason Beshaw had the following to say about the alleged charges and details of what’s been reported:

“I don’t care what you see on WINY RADIO or see on their page. There was a reason for my actions, nor is it what is being presented. I could sit here and tell truth of the story but the bottom line is the guy’s jacked and looked 45 and opened my car door looking for a fight so I knocked him the f*** out. I hate Donald Trump but what I will say is ‘this is fake news”!! Hate when people don’t know the whole story and goes off what media say”.

I guess all is forgiven when you mistake someone who is actually 71 for being 45. Jokes aside, it looks as though Beshaw is not very clever with his online rantings, since the post itself seems like a blatant admission of guilt. Not to mention, it appears he has little to no remorse over deciding to attack a retired firefighter turned crossing guard who is 40 years older than him.

The elderly assault charges could land Beshaw in prison for five years all by its lonesome, not even taking into the consideration of the other charges and if they’d ben run concurrent or consecutive if convicted. In retrospect, I’m sure he wished he just exercised a little more patience.

Just a few weeks ago, LET brought readers another sad story involving a school crossing guard. 

He fought for his country during the Korean War. He spent nearly 60 years as a police officer before retiring and becoming a crossing guard for kids. And now the MV Times says he’s been relieved of duty and forced to turn his guns over to police.

84-year-old Stephen Nichols has been serving as the crossing guard at Martha’s Vineyard’s Tisbury School for years. But after a comment he made was apparently taken out of context, he’s become the latest American to fall victim to new Red Flag laws.

Nichols was confronted by local officers who reportedly relieved him of his crossing guard duty – which he was in the middle of – then led him to his home, where they confiscated his personal firearms. 

 

According to reports, crossing guards in the town are “hired, trained and scheduled, entirely by the police department.”

The department cited an alleged threat as the reason for the termination. But Nichols says that’s not exactly true. He says he made a comment criticizing the school’s SRO and said that it’s been taken out of context and blown way out of proportion.

But Tisbury Police Chief Mark Saloio reportedly carried out the decision to seize the lifelong public servant’s weapons, citing him as posing a risk to himself or others. And it’s not just the guns — the chief also wants to take away Nichols’ license to carry altogether, which he’s had since 1958.

Nichols said that the events began to unfold after he made a comment about how the school’s SRO would visit the nearby Xtra Mart to get coffee when the kids came to school in the morning. Nichols apparently said that somebody could come “shoot up the school” while he was out getting his morning grind, “leaving his post.” 

Simply put, as a veteran police officer, he was frustrated to see a cop ditch out on what could potentially be a risky time in order to grab a cup of joe.

“When I was in the United States Army, and it wasn’t just me, it’s anybody who’s in the United States service, if you are on guard duty for eight hours, you didn’t leave that position,” Nichols said. “And I’m just so accustomed to that, that when I see someone who’s suppose to be protecting kids…leave the school unguarded — if you’re on guard duty, you stay there.”

He says that he made the comment while eating at a local restaurant. A waitress overheard the comment and reported it.

Based off of that alone, Chef Saloio had his officers remove Nichols from his crossing guard duties and made him turn over his guns. 

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Nichols’ attorney, Dan Larkosh, said he plans to file for an appeal of the decision to take away the guns and license, especially after learning that the department did not serve him with any official paperwork for the license seizer, but simply demanded that he turn it over.

“No, he just told me to hand it over so I took it out of my wallet and handed it to him,” Nichols said of Saloio.

Locals who know Nichols well called the decision “outrageous” and “absurd”.

 

“We would expect reasonable minds to prevail, and [Nichols] to be reinstated in his job,” Larkosh said. 

Chief Saloio wouldn’t comment on the situation.

“There’s nothing that I can legally discuss about the matter. Period.”

According to Nichols, the chief told him that what he did was a chargeable offense, but wouldn’t arrest him.

“He came up and told me what I said was a felony but he wasn’t going to charge me,” Nichols said. 

The Town Administrator also gave very little feedback on the events that took place.

“In response to your inquiry, I want to acknowledge that a crossing guard was removed from active status pending a review of personnel related concerns,” Jay Grande wrote in an email to the MV Times. “I will not have any further comment on this matter.”

Nichols is frustrated, and though he claims he doesn’t take his guns out of his home on a regular basis, he does want his license to carry back. The guns were released into the hands of his family members.

“My grandson is manager of a gun shop in Worcester, Mass and he’s going to be allowed to come down and take the weapons and sell them for me,” he said. 

Nichols says he has 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He lost his wife two years ago and the job with the kids helped him stay positive.  

“I just need something to do to get out of the house and I love the kids,” he said. “I would never, ever, ever, harm a child.”

No criminal charges have been filed against Nichols, yet he’s out of a job and has been denied his constitutional rights.

So what’s really going on here?

 


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