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Petition calls on sheriff to enforce law after masked Proud Boys show up at school board meeting

Proud Boys walk away from Black Lives Matter Plaza after police officers turned them away from counterprotesters.
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A petition intended to be presented to the New Hanover County Sheriff was started after an extremist group showed up at a school board meeting in hats, masks and sunglasses.

A petition intended to be presented to the New Hanover County Sheriff was started after an extremist group showed up at a school board meeting in hats, masks and sunglasses.

Sponsored by a group called “Citizens for Public Safety in New Hanover County,” the petition is calling upon the sheriff to enforce a North Carolina law put into place to combat public gatherings by the KKK. It was started in response to masked Proud Boys showing up at a school board meeting while the school board voted to change their policy on transgender student-athletes.

The state statute forbids people from concealing their identity on public property in North Carolina.”

An exception was made for public masking for the sake of public health during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

The Proud Boys are defined by the SPLC and the ADL as a right-wing extremist group, more specifically a “western Chauvinist” group that is “primarily misogynistic, Islamophobic, transphobic and anti-immigration.”

See the petition HERE.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to eastern North Carolina in 2019 to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of kiddo cuddling, reading, and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.
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