A Virginia mother has been charged with making a terror threat after she vowed to bring guns to her children’s school if they were made to wear face masks.
Amelia King, a 42-year-old dental hygienist from Luray, caused alarm at the Page County school board meeting on Thursday.
‘My children will not come to school on Monday with a mask on,’ King told the Board.
‘Alright? That’s not happening.
‘And I will bring every single gun loaded and ready to… I will call every…’
King was then cut off for going over the three-minute time limit.
She ended by retorting: ‘I’ll see y’all on Monday.’
Virginia has been the epicenter in culture wars between parents, school boards and teachers.
Amelia King, 42, has been charged with making a terror threat after telling a school board she would bring ‘every gun’ to school if her children were made to wear face masks
Her remarks alarmed the board, and Page County school superintendent and school board chair said they were unacceptable.
In a letter on Friday morning, they said that they were requesting additional police protection for Monday’s classes.
‘Not only do comments such as these go against everything we wish to model for our students, they go against the very nature of how we as a community should interact with each other,’ their statement read.
‘This kind of behavior is not tolerated from our students, faculty, staff, nor will it be tolerated by parents or guests of our school division.’
They said they do not take threats like those made by King lightly.
King told the Thursday meeting of the school board that she was furious at a proposal to make children at school wear face masks
King issued a groveling apology for her rash threat.
‘I in no way meant to imply ‘all guns loaded’ as in actual firearms, but rather all resources I can muster to make sure that my children get to attend school without masks,’ she said.
‘My sincere apologies for my poor choice in words.
‘I’m absolutely mortified. I would never do such a thing. I was only speaking figuratively.
‘Nonetheless, I’m beside myself. I never meant to imply I would show up with actual firearms. I’m not a dangerous person and I’m not a threat, and I’m so very sorry for the way it came across.’
On Friday evening, Luray Police confirmed that King had been charged.
They said she had been released by a magistrate on a $5,000 bond.
The Board ultimately decided in a 4-2 vote to ‘make masking the choice of the parent.’
Masks would be required for all staff, and anyone on school buses.
However, parents will be required to sign an ‘opt-out form’ if they did not want their children wearing masks in school.
The Board will still require students returning from quarantine to be masked, regardless of parent choice.
Virginia’s new Republican governor, Glenn Youngkin, was elected in part due to his vow to keep the state out of school COVID rules.
On Friday, he officially unveiled updated mask guidelines for parents, educators, and schools, creating a parental opt-out from mask mandates at both public and private schools in the Commonwealth.
‘I have said all along that we are going to stand up for parents.
‘Executive Order 2 is not about pro-masks versus anti-mask, it’s about empowering parents.’
The issue is currently before the state’s Supreme Court, but Youngkin said: ‘I am confident that the Virginia Supreme Court will rule in the favor of parents.
‘In the meantime, I urge all parents to listen to their principal, and trust the legal process.’
The Governor’s office said that the updated mask guidance is redesigned around what Governor Youngkin’s office termed his ‘key principles’ of parental rights, keeping kids in the classroom five days a week, and keeping kids safe and healthy.