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ATLANTA (LifeSiteNews) — Two mothers who oppose school mask mandates and the teaching of Critical Race Theory to children have been arrested by police at a school board meeting after one failed to wear a mask and the other was found in possession of a pair of scissors.

The arrests took place Thursday at the Gwinnett County Public Schools district headquarters near Atlanta, Georgia, as the two moms were passing through a security checkpoint with metal detectors.

The first mother to be arrested was Karen Pirkle. She attempted to go through security without wearing a face covering.

According to The Daily Wire, Pirkle had already refused to wear a face mask at an October school board meeting a month prior. Other parents at the meeting supported her move by taking off their own masks and chanting “unmask our children.”

Pirkle was subsequently banned from attending school board meetings for a year and was issued a criminal trespass warning.

“After misbehavior at the last meeting, a criminal trespass warning was issued, and that’s a letter that basically explains you’re not allowed to come on GCPS property,” said Sloan Roach, a spokeswoman for the school district. “That was communicated with her and then she showed up tonight still attempting to come to the meeting, so she violated that order.”

Pirkle was later charged with violating a criminal trespass warning by attempting to attend the next school board meeting in spite of the warning.

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The dangerous ideas of Critical Race Theory (CRT) are being forced on students in public schools around the country.

This is wrong and parents have had enough! It's time to join them in saying "STOP!" to this harmful and racist propaganda.

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition which says "No to CRT" in public schools, and "Yes to parents' right" to strongly protest CRT.

But, what is CRT anyway and why is it so dangerous?

Critical Race Theory is a hateful system of indoctrination which teaches that one race is either superior or inferior to another race, and that the United States is inherently racist.

CRT is dangerous and hateful precisely because it teaches children who are not white to despise and envy white children simply because of their skin color. And, as a result, it also teaches white children to despise themselves simply because of the color of their skin.

CRT also erroneously teaches that American society is inherently racist, and that different, detrimental policies (like reparations for slavery and race-based pay scales) should be imposed on the population to redistribute wealth from whites to non-whites.

This type of racist/marxist propaganda should have NO place in public, taxpayer-funded schools!

And, thankfully, American parents of EVERY COLOR are raising their voices and ballots against it!

Indeed, parents understand the destructive ramifications of CRT and, despite outrageous threats from Biden's Justice Department to prosecute them, they have been strongly protesting CRT at school board meetings across the country!

And now, in the first test of its kind, a candidate who was campaigning hard against CRT just won the governorship of Virginia in a huge upset victory.

That's great news, but we now need to contact every state legislature about this crucial educational issue.

And, we need to DEMAND that they BAN Critical Race Theory from every public school in their states - both primary and high schools, and colleges!

Whereas advocates of CRT seem more intent on vengence than on teaching children of every race to respect everybody, regardless of skin color, American parents of every race understand that it is not the color of one's skin that matters, but the content of one's character (to paraphrase Martin Luther King, Jr.).

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An excellent Heritage Foundation document on CRT: Critical Race Theory Would Not Solve Racial Inequality: It Would Deepen It

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A video released on Twitter shows four police officers attempting, not without difficulty, to handcuff Pirkle, though the woman appears to offer little resistance.

“She’s not fighting,” the person filming is heard saying.

“She’s not cooperating either,” replies the female police officer handcuffing her.

The second mom, Brenda Stewart, was arrested only moments later, as she was attempting to help Pirkle with her phone as can be seen in another video clip of the incident where Pirkle is heard calling out for someone to take her phone.

Stewart offered to help and to take Pirkle’s phone to her husband, but as she went through the security checkpoint, the security officers stopped her over a pair of childproof kindergarten scissors that they retrieved from her purse.

Following a misunderstanding over the pair of scissors which led to an altercation, Steward was also arrested and handcuffed.

The two moms were later thrown in jail where they remained for several hours and were both fined $1,300.

Stewart told The Daily Wire that “she was never read her rights or told what she was being charged with until she was en route to jail.”

“They were extremely rough in a way that no parent, no mother, or no woman should be manhandled by a huge group of men,” she added.

Sloan Roach, the school district spokeswoman, later defended the way the two mothers were treated by the police.

“In both cases, laws were broken, and our school resource officers responded appropriately,” he said.

According to The Daily Wire, Stewart also opposes Gwinnett County’s school mask mandate and is currently homeschooling her 9-year-old daughter as a result. She also spoke against teaching Critical Race Theory to kids at another school board meeting several months prior to the incident.