According to video footage taken by Carlos Turcios, a FWISD graduate, Malikk Austin made “threatening remarks” during his one minute of speaking time. He turned to address the audience, rather than the school board, and criticized them for hate and fear-mongering over critical race theory.
He then said, “I’ve got over 1,000 soldiers ready to go,” and after being escorted away from the podium and out of the meeting, he appeared to say he would bring his sons with him next time, “locked and loaded.”
Carol Guarnieri, a grandmother, graduate of Arlington Heights High School, and long-time Fort Worth resident, was present at the meeting. “I was nervous about walking to the car in the parking lot. I was alarmed at what transpired,” she told The Texan.
Guarnieri also said she filed a police report on Tuesday, November 16 about what she considers a domestic terrorist threat.
She said she and others have tried to get the school board to recognize the issue and provide better security, but have received no response.
The FWISD board president, Tobi Jackson, did not reply to The Texan’s inquiry about the remarks and security measures before the time of publication.
Turcios, who has been working against the teaching of critical race theory (CRT) in FWISD and is planning another protest on December 14, said, “We will not back down. We will continue protesting until we see some change.”
Mary Lowe with Moms for Liberty in Tarrant County said the remarks by Austin were “a perfect manifestation of what CRT teaches.”
“The superintendent and trustees can not be trusted to create a safe environment for children if they won’t provide it at board meetings,” she told The Texan.
Neither the Fort Worth Police Department nor the Fort Worth Marshal Division officially provide security at the FWISD school board meetings. According to the marshal’s office, off-duty officers and marshals are hired for security.
On October 4, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a memorandum calling for the coordination of law enforcement agencies to “address threats against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff.” The Texas Association of School Boards has distanced itself from the national letter to Garland.
“Our position has always been that school board meetings should be places where parents and community members are welcomed and provided the opportunity to openly share their opinions and concerns on how the schools in their community are being governed,” it stated.
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Kim Roberts is a reporter for the Texan in the DFW metroplex area where she has lived for over twenty years. She has a Juris Doctor from Baylor University Law School and a Bachelor's in government from Angelo State University. In her free time, Kim home schools her daughter and coaches high school extemporaneous speaking and apologetics. She has been happily married to her husband for 23 years, has three wonderful children, and two dogs.