Hawaii teacher arrested for violating traveler quarantine

HONOLULU — A Hawaii high school teacher was arrested for violating the 14-day traveler quarantine the state mandated to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Agents from the Hawaii attorney general’s office arrested Mark Alan Cooper last week. Cooper, 48, of Mililani, returned to Honolulu from Florida on July 27. An acquaintance spotted him at a post office a few days later, the state said.

The acquaintance reported him to a citizen’s group that helps track down people who violate the quarantine. The group then reported him to authorities.

Cooper, a teacher at Campbell High School, traveled to Florida because of an illness in his family, his attorney, Rustam Barbee said Wednesday.

After his arrest, he resumed his quarantine period, which ended Monday, Barbee said.

Cooper was arrested a week after teachers statewide returned to work. It’s not clear if he had been on campus before his arrest. State education officials didn’t immediately comment on his arrest.

Student instruction begins Monday, with most schools starting the year online.

“Mr. Cooper has never had COVID-19 and has never infected anyone,” Barbee said.

A court hearing is scheduled for Aug. 25.

According to court records he was cited in April for violating emergency orders by allegedly walking in a park that was closed because of the pandemic.

3 Comments
  1. WAVE August 12, 2020 4:36 pm Reply

    THE GUY WALKED IN THE PARK AND HE WENT TO TE POST OFFICE……..AND WAS ARRESTED ????????? AND HIS FRIENDLY GESTAPO NEIGHBOR REPORTED HIM GEEZZEUS HE DOES NOT HAVE ANY VIRUS !!!!!! PEOPLE SHOULD ONLY BE ARRESTED OR FINED IF THEY TEST POSITIVE !!!!!
    YOU IDIOTS YOU ARREST PEOPLE FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE LAW NOT FOR IMAGINARY VIOLATIONS ……HAWAIIIAN BUREAUCRATS ARE MOSTLY GOOD BUT THE DECISIONMAKERS ARE SELF INTERESTED OVERPAID CRIMINALS !!!!


    1. Michael August 14, 2020 5:07 am Reply

      Apparently, neither Mr. Cooper nor “WAVE” understand the terms or the meaning of the word “quarantine”. Look it up, abide and don’t be a cause of the unnecessary spread of COVID-19. The health of Hawaii’s population depends on your lawful participation. And thank you to the person who turned in Mr. Cooper for violating his quarantine.


  2. Shannon August 13, 2020 12:06 pm Reply

    I’m glad he was arrested, there was no way to know he didn’t have covid, which is why we have a quarantine in place. By the time someone tests positive, if they have been roaming around they would have made a bunch of people sick that were doing nothing wrong. Would you have liked to have been the postal worker that got sick because someone broke quarantine that was sick?


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