Institutionalized fascism has reared its ugly head again, this time in Hepzibah, GA (yeah, I checked. It’s a real place). An Army veteran mother was banned from her disabled daughter’s school because she posted a picture of her concealed weapons permit on her Facebook page.
Tanya Mount, a mom and veteran of the U.S. Army, is demanding an apology from the Richmond County Board of Education. Mount, who is also a parent volunteer at her daughter’s school, was handed a notice by campus police, banning her from school grounds. She was threatened with arrest for criminal trespass if she did not comply.
She asked the officer what she did wrong and was told that the principal was scared of her. Upon further questioning, it turns out the fear comes from the fact that Mount was in the Army and has a concealed weapons permit. The principal saw a picture of the permit that Mount had posted on her Facebook page.
After meeting with the principal, Mount reported: “She told me that instead of volunteering at the school and playing on the play ground with my daughter I need to be at home doing grown up things.”
Wow, not only is the principal irrational, she’s a bitch too. Mount was able to transfer her daughter to another school where presumably the principal is less afraid of responsible helpful parents.
I’ve written about how wrong it is that schools are digging into the personal lives of their students through the monitoring of social media accounts, but this is taking it another step. This woman’s ban was not based on any inappropriate incident or attitude problem, nor was it based on a credible threat. She got kicked off school grounds for something the principal saw on her Facebook page. And that something is completely legal, I might add.
I don’t know specifically what steps are taken in this district to insure its volunteers are not a threat to the children, but in most places it involves a criminal and medical background check. Basically they weed out the felons and sexual predators as well as those with communicable diseases like tuberculosis. It would seem this mom was okay on both counts.
The principal banned this volunteer because she has a fear of guns. It takes a lot to get a concealed weapons permit. There is extensive training and background checking involved. No state issues these things to just anyone. Concealed weapons permit holders are some of the most responsible and law-abiding people there are. Mount never attempted to bring her weapon on to the “gun-free zone” of her daughter’s school.
Even more disgusting is the fact that Mount’s time in the military was also a deciding factor in the ban. Our service men and women are heroes, not villains. Kicking this mom off the campus is not only an affront to responsible gun owners, it is a slap in the face to veterans everywhere. This principal is saying that those who have served cannot be trusted around children.
Most parents take very little interest in their children’s education, but here was one mom who cared. Parent volunteers are an important part of the system, especially at the elementary level. These selfless unpaid individuals bring in supplies, help coordinate activities, and allow the students to get more one-on-one instruction. This principal should be ashamed of herself (and fired) for allowing her irrational fears to deprive her students of a richer educational experience.