“What about our children?” another man yelled.
“I am not leaving here willingly,” Pirkle said.
Several more people in the audience then removed their masks and chanted, “Unmask our children.”
The board moved the meeting into a smaller room, then quickly adjourned for the night.
The meeting echoed an incident in May, when about 100 people crammed into the board room and refused to wear masks or leave. Gwinnett County Public Schools increased security at board meetings after that night, and more school resource officers have been present since.
The National School Boards Association cited the May meeting in Gwinnett when the organization asked President Joe Biden for help combating threats against school board members and employees.
Pirkle said she has been attending school board meetings wearing a mask and that she walked into the room Thursday wearing one that she then took off.
She said her daughter comes home with a headache after wearing a mask all day.
“I have to fight for my child’s freedom,” she said.