Anti-masker accused of child abuse at Fort Lauderdale High School
Dan Bauman was arrested for child abuse at Fort Lauderdale High School after he started filming a student.

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The man grabbed a student's arm after she tried to get him to stop filming her.

A known critic of Broward County schools’ mandatory mask policy was arrested Wednesday morning and accused of child abuse without great bodily harm after a student tried to stop him from filming her at the entrance of Fort Lauderdale High School.

A police report shows the school resource officer flipped on his body camera when he saw Dan Bauman, 50, coming.

“The def (defendant) is known to cause disruption due to protesting the School Board mask policy,” Officer Paul Johnson wrote in the report.

Fort Lauderdale police said a student, whose name was redacted from the report, walked up to Bauman and told him that she’d had enough for four days and attempted to grab his cellphone.

“… the def then pushed the child by the shoulder and grabbed her hand and twisting her arm in an aggressive manner which cause me and the security to pull the def off the child,” the report says.

Broward County School District was the first to take on Gov. Ron DeSantis’ emergency order that was supposed to stop districts from requiring school masks despite their parents’ wishes. Only those students who have a doctor’s note can opt out of wearing a mask, according to Broward’s policy. Nine other districts have since followed suit in defiance of the Governor.

Dozens of parents showed up at the administrative offices in Palm Beach County schools on Monday to protest the new mandatory policy starting that day, the Sun Sentinel reported.

Broward schools are currently under a state order that will take away an amount of state aid equal to School Board members’ salaries. School officials said they are currently seeking avenues to challenge the order.

Broward School officials said they are not encountering widespread opposition to its mandatory mask policy at the schools similar to this incident. School officials reported just one student did not comply with the policy on the first day of school last week.

Bauman was taken to the county’s Main Jail after the incident. He was still being held on $5,000 bail Thursday morning.

The first probable cause affidavit from the Fort Lauderdale police reported the wrong charge Wednesday. The police provided an update Thursday morning, saying the correct charge in this case was child abuse without great bodily harm.

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected].


  • Suzan

    August 25, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    USA citizens can now get this job and earns more dollars by go to this web.k last month f have made and received $17915 from this job by doing easy work in part time….

    • Impeach Biden

      August 25, 2021 at 7:20 pm

      Meanwhile in Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta, Baltimore, NYC.

      • Alex

        August 25, 2021 at 11:32 pm

        And over 600 Capitol trump fanatic terrorists who tried to overturn democracy have been charged with federal crimes.

        And about 50 George Floyd murder protesters have been charged, but none were BLM or Antifa, and charges against 95% of the protesters have been dropped for lack of evidence.

        Oh and none of them planned to kidnap a Governor, and there were no bombers like the MAGA bomber who got 20 years, and 4 in 10 Republicans say violence may be necessary if they don’t get their way.

        So yes, the facts back me up, not you.

        • Ocean Joe

          August 26, 2021 at 10:54 am

          Folks, don’t argue. There are more than enough scumbags to go around.
          And Dad Bauman, stay out of the bus loop, you might get more than you bargained for next time.

  • Sonja Fitch

    August 26, 2021 at 7:02 am

    Wtf!!! Duffus Desantis serve and protect our children! Duffus Desantis is a damn murderer and drug dealer. Lock up this Nazi wannabe Duffus Desantis !

  • Matt

    August 26, 2021 at 11:58 am

    One brave student refused to comply!

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