Knock, knock! Protestors go to TUSD boardmember's home. Wife calls police
Reporter: Craig Smith
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - How'd you like to have angry people pounding on your door?
That's happening to TUSD board members who've angered activists over the Mexican American Studies dispute.
One board member's wife was so rattled, she called the police.
Here's an issue that raises the question: when do you cross the line?
Board members are used to getting an earful in the board room. But what about when activists show up at their homes, banging on doors?
Demonstrations have become routine outside TUSD.
Now they're showing up at board members' houses.
Michael Hicks calls it terrorizing.
KGUN9 reporter Craig Smith said to Hicks: "That's a really strong term."
Hicks: "Sure. When someone comes to your home when you don't even know who they are, with a group of individuals, pounding on your door. That can be terrifying."
Hicks wife called police. The report says July 9th, about five in the afternoon, six or seven Hispanic males and females were pounding on the door. Hicks wife and kids were home but he wasn't.
The report shows she told police she was especially scared because Hicks has been getting death threats. Later the report says one man pounded on the door, and left after about 30 seconds.
9 On Your Side was there when activists also showed up at board member Mark Stegeman's house last week.
Activist David Morales has been part of these show ups. He says, if says if public figures can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen.
Craig Smith asked: "In this day and age, when people are quick to be concerned about their safety. You can see why someone might be a little upset if you show up; especially in a group."
Morales: "Like I said, they're gonna have to ban religious material, they're gonna have to ban Christmas Carolers from showing up. They're going to have to ban churches, political organizations. People, show up. That's the way it is."
This approach will not stop anytime soon.
There is nothing illegal about what they're doing. It's not trespassing unless you ignore a trespassing sign, a locked gate or refuse to leave when told to.
A group was planning to surprise board member Miguel Cuevas at the address listed in his campaign filing this afternoon.
They say he's not living there anymore but his grandmother is.