ASHBURN, Va. – A school board member in Loudoun County, Virginia was arrested by sheriff’s deputies after she allegedly blocked the entrance to a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and refused to move or leave.
Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Broad Run School Board member Joy Maloney 9 a.m. Tuesday after witnesses said she cut in front of folks waiting in line at Briar Woods High School to attend a Trump rally, Loudoun Now reports.
Officers told the 45-year-old to get to the back of the line, but Maloney reportedly refused to budge and eventually sat on the ground and refused to move.
“As this was a private event contracted through Loudoun County Public Schools, the organizers revoked her ticket and she continued to refuse to leave the premises,” Loudoun County Sheriff’s spokesman Kraig Troxell told the Loudoun Times-Mirror.
The Broadlands resident was arrested for trespassing, and hauled in front of a Loudoun magistrate.
A photo posted to Facebook by a local conservative group shows the board member with her hands restrained behind her back, sitting legs out in a grassy area while four police officers monitor her.
She was later released on a $1,000 unsecured bond, according to the news site.
Maloney’s arrest was undoubtedly the kind of “school activism” she professed to be an expert at last spring when she ran for the school board after “investing for the past two years in advocacy through Support Our Schools,” a group driven by the Loudoun Education Association, the local teachers union.
Maloney was awarded the “Friend of Education Award” from the union in 2014 for championing the union’s causes. She was elected to the school board last fall after a failed attempt in 2011, the Times-Mirror reports.
The Loudoun Education Association is an affiliate of the National Education Association, which endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for president.
After Maloney’s arrest, the rally proceeded on schedule, though some residents showed much more appreciation for the Republican candidate.
Amid an online feud between Trump and the father of a slain soldier who lashed out at billionaire on stage at the Democratic National Convention, Lt. Col. Louis Dorfman wanted Trump to know he was appreciated by veterans and presented him with a Purple Heart he earned during combat, the Associated Press reports.
“I said to him, ‘Is that, like, the real one or is that a copy?” Trump told the audience at the rally after receiving the medal backstage. “And he said, ‘That’s my real Purple Heart. I have such confidence in you.’ And I said, ‘Man! That’s like, that’s like big stuff.’”