Threat over mask mandate prompts Moore County school board to reschedule meeting

Posted September 13, 2021 4:31 a.m. EDT
Updated September 14, 2021 6:49 p.m. EDT

— The Moore County Board of Education decided to postpone Monday night's scheduled meeting by more than a week after board members received a threatening letter about the school mask policy.

The board had planned to meet at 4 p.m. to discuss the current mask mandate, among other topics. The threatening letter, according to board member Robert Levy, said that the person was going to show up at school board members' homes and pressure them to drop the district's mask mandate.

"They said, 'We know where you live,'" he said.

Officials recommended that anyone who wanted to make a public comment would have to walk through a metal detector.

As a result of the threat, the board meeting was moved to the district's central office, where there was a heightened police presence. A group of parents associated with Moore Families for Quality Education gathered outside to protest the district's mask mandate at around 4 p.m.

The board decided during a closed session meeting at 4 p.m. that they did not give the public valid notice of the location change, and due to that technicality, they rescheduled the meeting, according to Levy.

The meeting will take place instead on Wednesday, Sept. 22, with a closed session to begin at 3:30 p.m. and a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. The board will meet in the boardroom of the school system's main administration building at 5277 U.S. Highway 15-501 in Carthage.

Members of the public can sign up to be heard at the meeting. Those who wish to attend a speak in person can sign up on site between 5:45 and 6:25 p.m. Those who wish to speak over the phone can sign up on the board website during that same window. Those without access to the internet may call 910-944-3171 to sign up.

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