A Virginia woman was arrested Friday after she threatened school board officials while they were meeting to vote on whether to lift the mask requirement.
The woman, Amelia King, 42, allegedly made an oral threat to school property after her throat was cut during the public comment section of a Page County public school board meeting Thursday, the Department Luray Police said in a statement.
“Okay. Masks are not required,” King told board members after her three-minute comment period ended. page. That’s not going to happen and I’m going to carry every gun loaded and ready.”
When a board member interrupted King again, noting that three minutes is a policy, she said, “I’ll see you guys on Monday.”
King, who was released on a $5,000 bond, did not respond to a message left Friday at a phone number listed under her name. But then during Thursday’s meeting, she sent an email apologizing to a board member and saying she was “only figuratively speaking”.
“I do not mean “all loaded firearms” as in actual firearms, but rather all the resources I can muster to ensure that my child goes to school unarmed. masks,” the email said, according to a school board. loud notes. “I sincerely apologize for my poor choice of words.”
Bo Cook, Sheriff Luray, said King contacted law enforcement to apologize. But her comments “completely caused public alarm,” he said, adding that other local authorities were also investigating the incident.
In a joint statement Friday, the superintendent and the board chair said King’s comments “go against everything we want to be an example of for our students” and “they go against everything.” back to the essence of how we as a community should interact.”
“This type of behavior is not acceptable to our students, faculty, staff, nor is it acceptable to parents or guests in our school division,” the statement added.
During Thursday’s meeting, school board members voted 4-2 to lift the mask-wearing mandate introduced last year by former Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, Winchester Star reported. Voting took place after Governor Glenn Youngkin issued executive order makes K-12 mask duty optional. The order goes into effect on Monday.
Youngkin, a newly elected Republican, signed the executive order on his first day in office speech that the decision to wear a mask is “a matter of personal freedom; parents should make that decision for their children.”
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/-will-bring-every-single-gun-loaded-parent-tells-virginia-school-offic-rcna13144 ‘I’ll bring every loaded gun,’ parent told Virginia school officials during mask mandate meeting