Group wearing Proud Boys clothes show up at Lincoln Co. school board meeting – WSOC TV
LINCOLN COUNTY, North Carolina – A group of people wearing clothing associated with the Proud Boys showed up at the Lincoln County School Board meeting on Tuesday, Lincolnton Police said.
An officer on duty at the school board meeting said a small group were seated at the back of the meeting wearing clothing suggesting they “might be part of or associated with the Proud Boys group,” said Lincolnton Police Chief Rodney Jordan on Channel 9 in a statement. .
Jordan went on to say that there was no problem and that the agent did not need to intervene.
Many attendees at the meeting had disagreements among themselves over their beliefs for or against the mask warrants, Jordan said.
The Proud Boys, a far-right group, have attended school board meetings across the country in opposition to mask mandates in schools. Recently in North Carolina, the Orange County School Board passed a resolution condemning hate groups on school property after the Proud Boys showed up to a high school football game, according to WTVD.
Whittney Hafele attended the Lincoln County meeting in hopes of convincing leaders of the importance of children wearing masks. But after speaking, Hafele said the group of men made sure she heard them.
“I just feel like it was a bullying tactic that they used for bullying,” Hafele said. “They thought if they were loud enough and yelled at enough to push us into a corner and make us leave.”
After parents voiced their opinions on both for and against classroom mask mandates, the school board voted to keep masks optional.
Dr Becky Reavis is a psychologist who attended the meeting and said the presence of the Proud Boys would not prevent her and her family from going.
“It’s extremely disappointing,” Reavis said. “They are nothing more than a bullying group. And I’m especially worried about them coming to a school council meeting.
>> Channel 9 reporter Dave Faherty will have the latest on this developing story on Eyewitness News at 5 p.m.
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