by: Mike Petchenik Updated:
ROSWELL, Ga. - Roswell police said a man's comment about the Connecticut school massacre at a local
day care landed him in jail.
He made the statement: "Don't worry, I'm not going to pull the Connecticut thing
Baluss told Channel 2's Mike Petchenik he was wearing the mask because he had the flu and didn't want to spread germs, and that he came to the school to inquire about enrolling his 2-year-old son there.
"I didn't see that I was any kind of terrorist or that I was disturbing their peace," he told Petchenik.
Baluss admits he made a comment about the Connecticut shooting, but in the context of allaying any suspicions about his intentions requesting information about the school's security.
"Looking back on it, the verbiage I used was probably a little off because I didn't specifically say I'm not a terrorist," he said.
He told Petchenik Roswell officers arrived shortly after he left the school with the enrollment paperwork and began aggressively questioning him. He said he felt wrongly arrested.
"Right off the bat, they're treating me like a criminal," he said. "I feel like they should have done more and they should have been a little more inquisitive about the situation and about me as a person."
Roswell police told Petchenik, in light of the tragedy in Newtown, the off-color joke wasn't just off base, it was also criminal.