Letter: Dee K. Counts, Ashburn

Editor: I write to clarify what happened in line at the Trump rally last week. I was the person that reported the actions of School Board member Joy Maloney to the deputy.

My friends and I got in line around 8:15 a.m. There were three women in front of us and in front of them were three teenage boys and in front of them were a group of kids. Around 9 a.m. another group of four or five kids came and butted in front of the teenage boys with their friends. I politely went over and asked them to go to the back of the line as we had already been in line for 45 minutes. They eventually went to the back of the line.

Then, 15 minutes later Joy Maloney—I had no idea who she was—got in line with these kids. I went over and told her we had been there for an hour in line and for her to go to the back of the line. She ignored me. At this time, we were in line on the side of the school. As we approached the top of the hill in front of the school, she was asked to interview with a news reporter. After her interview she preceded to get back in line with her friends. The lady in front of me approached her and ask her politely to go to the back of the line. Ms. Maloney continued to ignore us and I told the ladies in front of me not to say anything else because I would report it to the police when I saw one.

As we approached the entrance, I asked Ms. Maloney one more time to go to the back of the line and she just stared at me with no response. I then said to her, “Do you really feel good about yourself butting in line in front of these three teenagers and the rest of us?” as the line wrapped around the school and with no response. I then walked over to a police officer and told her what was going on. She then approached Ms. Maloney and said, “I understand you butted in line?” With no response from Ms. Maloney and verification from the others standing with me the police officer said, “I am going to have to ask you to go to the back of the line. This is when Ms. Maloney sat down on the ground and would not get up. The line into the campaign started moving inside.

We got our seats and the kids she was standing with sat on the back row and ended up getting escorted out of the campaign for turning their backs on Trump locking arms and waving into the cameras. And this is who she was going in with? What kind of behavior was this? And to think she would have been a part of this.

Is this who we want representing Loudoun County School Board or any school board for that matter? The fact that she had no remorse for butting in line, in front of three teenage boys and the rest of us in line is despicable.

Dee K. Counts, Ashburn