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An Army veteran in Georgia said she wants an apology after being banned from her daughter’s elementary school for posting a photo of her concealed weapons permit on Facebook.
“I feel like a criminal. I want to be heard. I want a public apology,” Tanya Mount told WRDW-TV News. Her disabled daughter attended McBean Elementary School in Hephzibah, Ga., where she was a parent volunteer.
Mount said on Wednesday at the school, a police officer from the county school board warned her she would be cited for criminal trespassing.
“‘The principal is scared of you and she doesn’t want you on the grounds,’ he said. 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,’” Mount said.
Mount said she was blind-sided weeks earlier when Principal Janina Dallas discouraged her from volunteering.
“I feel that this is some high school crap. He said, she said. She should have contacted me instead of taking the legal route which was uncalled for,” Mount said.
Dallas told WJBF-TV News Mount had previously disrupted classes and was overly protective of her daughter. When the principal saw the Facebook post she considered the rash of school shootings nationwide and felt the need to act preemptively.
“It is my duty and responsibility as the principal of this school to ensure the safety and security of all of our faculty, staff and students,” Dallas said.
Mount said she never made a threat and does not pose one.
“I’m not a criminal, I’ve never been to jail, I’ve never been arrested,” she said.
Mount’s daughter has since transferred to another school in the district and she’s gotten her volunteer card back.