12 OYS: Mount's lawsuit vs. principal Janina Dallas and others, district speaks out


News 12 at 6 o'clock / Nov. 7, 2013

RICHMOND COUNTY, GA (WRDW) -- The Richmond County School District will not elaborate on what it calls inappropriate comments made by Army veteran Tanya Mount.

It's standing by the actions of its principal a lawsuit has been filed against the district, Janina Dallas and Ted Brown a captain with the district's police department.

"She's at the point where she does not ever want to go back to McBean," Tanya Mount said a week after she says she was banned from her daughter's school for posting a picture of her Georgia Weapons Carry License on Facebook, she is standing her ground.

"You don't cower down if you are innocent and you've done nothing wrong, you don't cower down you have to stand up for yourself," Mount said.

After getting served a criminal trespass warning she transferred her daughter to Goshen Elementary where she says she has been welcomed with open arms.

"Her new teacher welcomed me. I have my card, McBean mailed it back to me," Mount said. Her card allowing her to volunteer at the new school.

"You have given her back her volunteer card so what made her a risk and why was she really put out of that school," said parent and former PTA president Monique Braswell. She said something is not right and it is not the only thing not adding up.

On Wednesday, we asked Principal Janina Dallas if the criminal trespass warning stemmed from Mount's Facebook post.

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

But Dallas told another media outlet "yes" the warning was issued because of the online picture. District Superintendent Frank Roberson said there were some concerns raised by Mount and he supports the principal's decision.

An accompanying press release sent out Thursday afternoon reads in part:

"A parent, who was also a volunteer on occasion at McBean Elementary School was observed several times wandering the halls of the school, making unauthorized visits and being in unauthorized places. To ensure a wholesome and safe school as well as address security concerns, the board has written guidelines for visitors....The principal was rightfully concerned about some comments made by the parent and by a posting on the internet...the actions by the School principal were consistent with the position of the System to assure that children are protected, to monitor access to school sites, and to predetermine visitor destinations."

Monique Braswell disagrees and said the district failed both Mount and her daughter.

"Own up to they made a mistake, we accept apologies," Braswell said.

News 12 obtained a civil suit from Tanya Mount's attorney listing the school district, a district police captain and principal Janina Dallas as defendants.

It alleges they violated Mount's 14th Amendment rights including right to free speech and by threatening her with arrest if she entered McBean school property.


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