12 OYS: Vet banned from child's school defends social media attacks, principal defends decision


News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- She is telling all. Tanya Mount said she has nothing to hide and does not want social media gossip to derail what she says are the real issues.

"I saw your story on Facebook I was in complete shock of what happened," said Mount as she reads a Facebook post.

Just one of hundreds of comments Tanya Mount said she has received since News 12's interview with her has gone viral on the Internet.

"A lot of people are very disgusted," says Mount. Last week, Mount said she was issued a criminal trespass warning and banned from her disabled daughter's school for posting a picture of her Georgia Weapons Carry License on Facebook.

She has since transferred her daughter to another school.

News 12 received some comments questioning the veteran's past and whether she had a honorable discharge from the military.

She showed us her honorable discharge certification. She also denied social media claims that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

"Everything is being taken out of context to elude us from what' really going on," Mount said.

She is also responding to some social media comments about her husband who she says is serving prison time.

"It's not fair because what my husband has done has nothing to do with me," Mount said.

While at first denying our request for an interview, Principal Janine Dallas agreed to talk by phone about why Mount was banned from the school.

"Mount was not following procedures that we have in place for the role of parent volunteers," Dallas said.

She declined to elaborate, and said it was not about the Facebook picture.

"It is not a personal attack on her and it has absolutely nothing to do with her Georgia license," Dallas said.

The principal claims Mount made some unspecific comments of a threatening nature toward a staff member. Dallas said she called the Board of Education Police which issued Mount the trespass warning.

"You can drag me through the mud, say whatever you want about me but do not bring my child into this," Mount said.

We spoke with a Georgia attorney who confirmed he is representing Mount and is pursuing legal action.

Mount's first interview with News 12 which led to her story going viral, remains the most popular story on our website this week.

Below is the press release from McBean Elementary concerning the banning.


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