What happens next to 11 people charged with allegedly disrupted school board meeting?

Jul 7, 2021, 5:43 PM

11 charged...

(Granite School District Meeting May 4, 2021, screenshot)

(Granite School District Meeting May 4, 2021, screenshot)

SALT LAKE CITY — In May, with just a few weeks left in the school year, a Granite School Board meeting went off the rails. Dozens of protestors began chanting, “No More Masks,” forcing officials to end the meeting early. Now, 11 people are charged with disrupting a public meeting.

The Granite School District said the group was protesting mandatory use of masks in schools, despite many of them not having any association with the district as parents or residents. 

What’s next for the 11 charged?

Former prosecutor and defense attorney Greg Skordas joined Dave Noriega and Morgan Lyon Cotti, associate director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, to discuss the possible outcomes of the legal cases.

Skordas said it is a crime to disrupt a public meeting.

“It’s a mid-level misdemeanor. It’s not a serious crime. Nobody’s going to prison, but it is a crime to disrupt a public meeting or procession if you do so in a way that obstructs the flow of the meeting,” he said.

Identifying the suspects

“We’ve talked about so many protests — some outside, some inside — over the past year and a half. What is the line that was crossed by these 11 individuals?” Lyon Cotti asked.

The South Salt Lake Attorney is in charge of the criminal proceedings. And since many of those facing charges didn’t have a connection with the district, authorities claimed the search for the suspect was complicated. 

“There are actually 12 people [who] were identified on the video as people [who] were disrupting. What’s happened is it’s taken this period of time to identify who those 12 people are,” explained Skordas. “They [city of South Salt Lake] looked at the video, and they’re going through and identifying people who made comments and who were disruptive by their picture and trying to decide who that person was,” Skordas said.

The city has been able to identify 11 of the 12 people accused of disrupting a public meeting. Authorities are still working to figure out who the twelfth person is. 

Jail unlikely

The misdemeanor charge carries the potential for a year in a jail paired with a $2,5000 fine. However, Skordas doesn’t foresee anyone being sentenced to behind bars. 

“What happens next with these cases? How are they adjudicated? What are you expecting?” Lyon Cotti asked.

“My sense is that the City of South Salt Lake will offer them some sort of a diversion or abeyance, you know, stay out of trouble for six months and we’ll will dismiss this case. Nobody’s looking for jail,” Skordas said.

“The 11 individuals may also say, ‘We want our day in court. We want to go to trial.’ There could possibly be 11 jury trials in the next year over this conduct.”

“Boy, that would be grabbing a tiger by the tail, wouldn’t it?” Dave said. “Greg Skordas, thank you so much for helping us weed through this story, really fascinating.”

Critical Race Theory debate goes to Granite School Board meeting

Dave & Dujanovic can be heard weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon. on KSL NewsRadio. Users can find the show on the KSL NewsRadio website and app, a.s well as Apple Podcasts and Google Play.   

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Dave & Dujanovic

someone taps on facebook icon, utah lawmakers working to protect kids from social media...

Curt Gresseth

Utah lawmaker talks about his work to shield kids from social media

State Sen. Mike McKell discusses the legislation he has sponsored to undo the harm to Utah children from social media.

6 hours ago


Ike Yospe

Dating at Her Age, a new KSL Podcast from Debbie Dujanovic

Editor’s note: This is an editorial piece. An editorial, like a news article, is based on fact but also shares opinions. The opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and are not associated with our newsroom. SALT LAKE CITY — “In 2024, dating is a disaster,” says KSL’s Debbie Dujanovic. Where dating apps […]

2 days ago

The front of the Holladay Lions salt lake county recreation center...

Allessandra Harris Gurr

The hidden cost of recreation centers

A new report shows that several recreation centers in Utah operate at a deficit in the millions. Part of covering that gap comes via taxes.

3 days ago

A group of dogs in Roy were intercepted by police after attacking multiple people on Monday....

Curt Gresseth

Three dogs bite two people, close in for attack on horse and cop in Roy

Three dogs that escaped their yard in Roy bit two pedestrians, surrounded to attack both a horse in a pasture and a police officer. The animals were all captured. The victims received medical care.

3 days ago

drivers memorial day...

Curt Gresseth

Is it time for Utah to bring back photo cop to bust speeders?

A Utah lawmaker joins the show to discuss a possible return of photo radar to bust speeders.

4 days ago

A Box Elder County Commission candidate made comments while talking about a construction ban that s...

Debbie Dujanovic

Dujanovic: Box Elder Commission candidate must stop spinning his racist comment

A recording of a planning commissioner, running for Box Elder County Commissioner, has racist comments he should apologize for.

9 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Underwater shot of the fisherman holding the fish...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Your Bear Lake fishing guide

Bear Lake offers year-round fishing opportunities. By preparing ahead of time, you might go home with a big catch!

A group of people cut a purple ribbon...


Comcast announces major fiber network expansion in Utah

Comcast's commitment to delivering extensive coverage signifies a monumental leap toward a digitally empowered future for Utahns.

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.


Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

What happens next to 11 people charged with allegedly disrupted school board meeting?