A Virginia mother who threatened to bring "every single gun loaded" to her children's school over a mask mandate earlier this week has been charged, according to a post on Facebook by the Luray Police Department.
They say 42-year-old Amelia King has been charged with Making an Oral Threat on School Property on Friday. She was released later in the day on a $5,000 unsecured bond.
The School Board had been debating COVID-19 mitigation measures after new Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin signed an executive order on his first day in office saying that that it would be up to parents to decide whether or not their children would wear face masks to school.
King made the threat to bring loaded guns to school during a public opinion section of the meeting. After she was cut off for exceeding her three-minute time limit, she told the board members, "See y'all on Monday."
King responded in an email, deflecting and avoiding responsibility for her threats after realizing that they were taken seriously.
"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. I would never do such a thing; I was speaking figuratively," she reportedly claimed in the email.
The Board ultimately voted in favor of Youngkin's order, meaning that they would leave it up to each parent to decide if their child would wear a mask to school.