A mother is furious after being banned from a Hepzibah, Georgia elementary school several weeks ago, which she says stemmed from her posting a picture on Facebook of her concealed weapons permit, WRDW reports.
“I feel like a criminal. I want to be heard. I want a public apology,” Tanya Mount said.
Mount said she was issued a criminal trespass warning last week by the Richmond County Board of Education police. But when she asked what she did wrong, she received an unexpected response.
“The principal is scared of you and she doesn’t want you on the grounds. I ask for what? And he asks were you in the Army and I said yes. He’s like do you have a concealed weapons permit? I said yes,” Blount described the conversation with the school board officer.
Mount, who is a parent volunteer at McBean Elementary School where her disabled daughter attends, said that she’s never had an issue with either the school or Principal Janina Dallas. But according to Mount, during a meeting several weeks ago, “She [Dallas] told me that instead of volunteering at the school and playing on the playground with my daughter I need to be at home doing grown up things.”
However, according to Mount, the real “grown up” issue is the fact that she has a concealed carry permit, a fact which was made public when she displayed her newly issued card in a picture posted on Facebook. Other than the comment about the permit and her serving in the Army, Blount said she was given no reason why she has been banned from the school.
The CBS News affiliate attempted to talk with Dallas to get her version of the story, but was told that the principal was unavailable for comment. Although one district official did confirm to reporters that Mount and Dallas had a meeting over Mount’s role as a parent volunteer, that official did not reveal any details of the meeting.
“I feel that this is some high school crap. He said she said,” Blount said. “She should have contacted me instead of taking the legal route which was uncalled for.”
Mount also confirmed that following the incident, the school district gave her permission to transfer her daughter to another school, which she plans to do.
My response to Principle Dallas:
I am not a resident of your state but would like to express my concern with your current ban of Tanya Mount. I know that the news can exaggerate or even mislead the public but feel I need to express my concern as a US citizen.
If the stories being circulated are true, I have to take the side of our constitutional rights and Tanya Mount. If we the people where to ban everything that made us FEEL unsafe we would not be the free country that we are today.
Again, I understand that the media has a knack for skewing the truth. I find the reporting to be extremely lopsided and believe that there is more to this story. If the media is misleading us then I hope you are able to make your case and justify your actions. In that event, I would take this matter to the networks and demand accountability for their actions. If you are unable to make your case I will be sure to keep writing, calling and emailing your superiors until I feel the situation is rectified by your removal form the public school system.
P.S. I have taken the time to contact your states representatives as to this matter and its urgency.