A Fort Worth, Texas, parent supportive of teaching critical race theory in classrooms recently reportedly threatened other parents during a school board meeting, saying he's got "over 1,000 soldiers ready to go" and that he'd be "locked and loaded" next time.
Officers were called on to escort the enraged parent, Malikk Austin, from the Fort Worth Independent School District board meeting on Nov. 9 after he turned around to face other parents in the room and shouted at them repeatedly, Fox News reported.
"For those who got an issue with this critical race theory equity, this is something I fought for, for my children," Austin, who is black, said at the start of his remarks.
"How dare you come out here and talk about the things that my daddy and my grandparents went through, the lynching, the oppression, Jim Crow, and my kids are still being afflicted by this. How dare you come out here and challenge me on critical race theory," he continued looking at other parents in the audience.
"Look up the word, 'racism,' this is something deliberately done to people of African descent," he added. "They're shackling us down. This hate, fear, [inaudible] ain't gonna work no more."
"We are not our ancestors. I got over 1,000 soldiers ready to go," Austin then threatened, as seen in video of the contentious meeting.
Fort Worth ISD School Board Meeting November 9, 2021 youtu.be
A separate video posted on Twitter shows Austin warning, saying, "I'll bring my soldiers with me next time ... locked and loaded."
He can be heard repeating the phrase "locked and loaded" several times as officers walk him out of the building.
Parents at the meeting reportedly told Fox News that Austin's comments made them feel threatened and unsafe.
"Absolutely, it made me feel threatened," Hollie Plemmons, a stay-at-home mother of three, said. "I'm scared and I'm afraid he's going to do something."
"Everyone there felt threatened," Carol Guarneri, a grandmother of four students, added. "This gentleman was profoundly angry, he was not putting on a performance. When he made the statement that he had his thousand soldiers and they'd be back locked and loaded, it was very frightening to me."
"I was thinking about calling my husband and having him come to the parking lot because I was afraid to come to my car," she recalled.
According to Fox News, Guaneri claimed that Austin had attended a school board meeting in August wearing "tactical gear." Fox noted that Austin can be seen wearing the gear at the 39-minute mark in this video.
When reached for comment, Austin reportedly told Fox News that it was not his intention to threaten anyone.
"First Amendment rights, freedom of speech, need to be implemented," he argued, adding that "locked and loaded" is "a term I used when I coached football. It means, 'Prepare and get ready.'"