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Fort Worth parents told LBL they were threatened when parents defended Critical race theory At the school board meeting, he turned to the group and said, “I am prepared to go over a thousand soldiers,” before adding, “Locked and loaded.”
“Absolutely, it’s a threat to me,” Holly Plemons, a stay-at-home mother of three, told LBL on Sunday. “I’m scared and I’m afraid he’ll do something.”
At a Fort Worth Independent School District board meeting on Nov. 9, Malik Austin turned to addressing parents who spoke on critical race theory.
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“For those who got into this critical race theory equity issue, this is what I fight for my kids,” said Austin, who is African-American. “How dare you talk about the things that my daddy and my grandparents suffered, the linchpin, the oppression, the Jim Crow and my children are still suffering.”
“We are not our ancestors,” Austin added. “I’ve got more than a thousand soldiers ready to go.”
When people in the crowd shouted that they should address the Austin school board, they shouted, “My First Amendment rights!” Responded by referring to that.
When Plemons speaks repeatedly and proceeds to speak to Austin, “But you are not wise, you are not wise.” (His comments in the video start at 34:30.)
After Austin had a minute to speak, officers came and took him out of the room. This time, he shouted, “I’ll bring my soldiers with me next time … locked and loaded.”
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Plemons responded, “You threatened me?”
“Lock and load,” he repeated.
She felt Austin’s comments to Plemons LBL were “poorly directed” because she had already spoken and mentioned that evening Critical race theory (CRT) – A framework that involves deconstructing aspects of society to find systematic racism under the surface.
“I thought it was completely inappropriate for the board not to stop it,” he said. He noted that when someone in the crowd shouts, the board chairman usually silences the crowd. She said the board’s decision to let Austin speak was a “double standard” because the board supports the CRT. Instead of silencing Austin during his remarks, the board allowed him to finish his one-minute speech before heading to the authorities to take him out.
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Carol Guarneri, grandmother of four children in Fort Worth ISD, told LBL. She claims she attended “Tactical Gear” at the August School Board Meeting in Austin (he appears at about the 39-minute mark In this video)
“This gentleman was furious. He wasn’t giving a show,” Guarneri said. “When they made a statement that they had a thousand soldiers and they would be locked and loaded again, it scared me so much.”
“I was thinking of calling my husband and coming to the parking lot because I was afraid to get into my car,” he said.
Austin told LBL that he was not threatening anyone.
“First Amendment rights, freedom of speech need to be enforced,” Austin said. When it comes to “lock and load”, “this is the word I used when I was coaching football. It means ‘prepare and be ready’.”
Austin compared opposition to decisive race theory to previous racial Jim Crow policies. CRT opponents at school board meetings said “things that are of an African-American origin to us are provocative and inhumane.”
Plemans were not sold as the statements were not threatening.
“So why don’t I worry about him coming to my house and shooting at me?” She asked sarcastically. “‘Locked’ means when you put your cartridge or your clip and ‘loaded’ means you have a bullet in the chamber.”
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Plemons argued that her fears were rational. When she sued the school over a mask order in August, people visited her home to protest.
Missy Cara, Texas Director of Parental Rights in Parents and Education, said she was intimidated when she watched the video, even though she wasn’t personally present at the Nov. 9 meeting.
“I felt threatened when I watched the video on 11/9/21,” he told LBL. “Let’s be honest, in my opinion, it’s hard to misinterpret anything other than a threat to the purpose of those words when someone turns to the mothers’ audience and shouts, ‘I have 1,000,’ and ‘We’re locked and loaded.'”
Kara attended the August meeting and said Austin wore “tactical gear” and the other two with him were “revolutionaries.”
Carlos Turcios, a local Republican youth activist who organized a parental protest at the school board meeting, described Austin as a “leftist militia activist” and “threatened us all because we were criticizing the practice of the CRT.”
“My parents told me he was threatened,” Turcios told LBL on Sunday. “I was threatened because he was part of the armed group.”
A Fort Worth Police Department spokeswoman told LBL: “As far as I know, our office is not aware of any reports being made of any threats from Austin.”
School board members did not respond to LBL’ request for comment.