LURAY, Va. (AP) — A Virginia parent has been charged for her comments to a local school board weighing whether to align its mask-wearing policy with a new executive order by Gov. Glenn Youngkin.
Police in the town of Luray said Friday that Amelia Ruffner King was charged with making an oral threat while on school property. King was released on a $5,000 bond.
King made a reference to guns while speaking at the Page County School Board meeting on Thursday as it was weighing whether to follow Youngkin’s order that would make masks optional for students.
King can be heard in a video of the meeting saying, “I will bring every single gun loaded and ready.” King enters the meeting 38 minutes and 20 seconds in, and continues speaking past the three minute comment period until the 42 minute and one second mark.
She later apologized to the board, saying she wasn’t referring to actual firearms.
The school board meeting comes just after newly-elected Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin completed one of his first acts as governor by signing an executive order allowing parents to opt their child out of school mask mandates.
Gov. Youngkin signed 11 executive orders in his first official hours as governor including banning critical race theory, appointing a new parole board and ending COVID-19 vaccine mandates for state employees.
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