By Jordan Boyd, featuring Carrie Lukas, president of the Independent Women’s Forum

In defiance of Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive order banning mask mandates in schools, Fairfax County Public Schools is suspending students who do not comply with the district’s face covering demands.

Carrie Lukas, a Fairfax County mom and president of the Independent Women’s Forum, told The Federalist that her two elementary-aged children are just a handful of the unmasked students who showed up to school on Tuesday ready to learn but were denied access to their classrooms for not wearing face coverings.

“If you’re just a mom who wants to express her opinion, it’s incredibly intimidating to have them calling the police. It was just totally weird and unnecessary,” Lukas said. “And I think, at least for me, it confirmed that Fairfax County [schools] … are basically making it seem as though parents, as if we were a threat.”

Lukas said that while the school administrators were polite with her and let her children leave with just an excused absence on their records, the security guard hired by FCPS was “aggressively barking” at both local parents who tried to drop their students off at the elementary school without masks and Daily Wire journalist Luke Rosiak. The guard even called the police on local journalists such as Rosiak for allegedly refusing to stand in a “media staging” area away from the school.

Lukas said that for her kids to continue learning according to their academic schedule, they will have to comply with the district’s mask demands until they hear from the governor’s office on how Youngkin plans to enforce the mask mandate ban.

Youngkin recently reaffirmed that his executive order is designed so that “parents should have the ability to decide whether their child should wear masks for the duration of the school day,” but so far, multiple Virginia school districts are ignoring his pleas for compliance.

FCPS did not immediately respond to The Federalist’s request for comment. The school district also did not immediately answer questions about how long it plans to deny education to children, some as young as 6 or 7 years old, who are repeatedly suspended for not wearing masks.

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