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A Virginia woman is charged after she testified at a school board meeting that he would show up with “loaded guns” if his children have to wear masks at school.
Authorities said in a Facebook post that a woman identified as Amelia King, 42, made an oral threat while on school property Friday afternoon, and her bail is set at $5,000.
The board was debating COVID-19 measures, as the Omicron variant has wreaked havoc on the state significantly, reported CNN.
In a public comment section of the meeting, King was featured making the confrontational comment and threat that led to his arrest.
“My children will not come to school on Monday with a mask on, okay? That’s not going to happen. And I’ll bring every gun loaded and ready to…“King said before being interrupted for exceeding the three-minute limit to speak, but replied:”I’ll see you all on Monday“.
In response to those comments, the Page County School Board President and Superintendent released a statement saying they would not take those comments lightly.
“Comments like these not only go against everything we want to model for our students, but it goes against the very nature of how we as a community, we must interact with each other,” said part of the statement.
“This type of behavior is not tolerated by our students, faculty, staff, nor will it be tolerated by parents or guests of our school division,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, in the face of King’s threat, the school board warned it would increase police presence in schools on Monday.
“Luray Police Chief Bo Cook is investigating the incident and is in communication with the Commonwealth’s Attorney, as well as state and federal officials,” the board statement said.
On January 15, during Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin’s first day in office, issued an executive order that said parents could decide if their children should wear masks in schools.
In response to the retaliation against King, the woman sent an email to the board apologizing and saying she was “mortified.”
“In no way did I mean to imply that all weapons are loaded like real firearms, but all the resources I can muster to make sure my children attend school without masks,” part of the email reads. “I would never do such a thing; I was speaking figuratively.”
He stressed that he had previously spoken at school board meetings and that he did not prepare the comments, CNN reported.
“I like to sound polite and when I get out of my ‘sleeve’, I get really passionate“, he stated. “I can’t always say exactly what I want to say properly.”
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.