Woman arrested for not wearing mask at Ohio football game

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

During an eight-grade football game recently, a woman was arrested for not wearing a mask. The incident happened in Logan, Ohio.

Videos of the arrest began spreading on social media on Wednesday. The woman attempted to resist arrest, before eventually being arrested by an officer.

Handcuffs
Handcuffs (Photo by Unsplash/Bill Oxford)

As she was being arrested, the woman can be heard saying, “This is bulls***” and “You’re not arresting me for nothing. I ain’t doing nothing wrong.”

She was also tased during her arrest.

“It escalated pretty fast into an ugly situation, he tased her pretty fast,” Marietta City Schools Board Member Doug Mallett said, according to The Marietta Times.I didn’t see where she was putting anybody at risk, I guess that’s a Logan rule. It depends on interpretation, it’s a state rule, but I thought there was some wiggle room if you have health issues. I tried to stay out of it until he got the taser out.”

Fans, who were at the game, have been not pleased and voiced their opinions about the arrest over a mask.

Ohio has a state mask mandate in place that says that a mask must be worn at indoor and outdoor sports facilities. The woman had a mask in her pocket.

“I am really disappointed,” Marietta City Schools Superintendent Will Hampton said after learning of the incident. “If you chose not to (wear a mask) then you threaten not only our ability to have sports but put your ability to watch as a spectator in jeopardy as well.”

But was not wearing a mask when she was initially approached by the officer.

“The police officer attempted to detain her, she resisted … she wasn’t hurting anybody,” said Skylar Steward, identifying the woman as his son’s mother, Alecia Kitts.

Steward has filed a complaint with the Logan Police Department on Wednesday. The arresting officer has been identified as “Officer Smith.”

There were approx. 300 fans at the game when the arrest took place. Logan Athletic Director Theresa Schultheiss claimed that the only people, who were causing ‘issues’ at the game was Kitts and her grandmother.

“This rule has been in effect since we were told we could play,” Schultheiss said. “Everyone that came through ticketing tonight was reminded, we had regular announcements over the PA reminding you that mouths and noses needed to be covered and we had signs at the bathrooms.”

The mask mandate has been in place, according to Fox 8, since at least July 23rd. Governor Mike DeWine said that facial coverings were required in the public during:

  • At an indoor location that is not a residence
  • Outdoors, but unable to maintain six-foot social distance from people who are not household members
  • Waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, such as a taxi, a car service, or a private car used for ride-sharing.

“The governor and the (Ohio) health department have made it very clear that masks are required indoor and outdoor at sports facilities. They’re just part of the expectation,” MCS Athletic Director Cody Venderlic said. “They’re one of the requirements the OHSAA (Ohio High School Athletic Association) brought down and said that if we’re going to be able to have fall sports we’re going to have to social distance and we’re going to have to wear masks.”

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