Following her arrest at the Georgia State Capitol, State Representative Park Cannon spoke out against the voting rights bill signed into law by Governor Brian Kemp.
The school will be closed on Friday and authorities in the Georgia city have urged local people to stay at home.
Cannon was charged with two felonies, one for allegedly "preventing or disrupting General Assembly sessions or other meetings of members" and one for willful obstruction. She was released on Thursday.
The Democratic lawmaker was taken to jail and has been charged with two misdemeanors under Georgia state law.
Tornadoes caused widespread damage across parts of the state, including in Peachtree City and Coweta County.
A lawsuit filed against Georgia's "Voter Suppression Bill" on Thursday alleges that it will impose "unjustifiable burdens disproportionately on the State's minority, young, poor, and disabled citizens."
Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed Senate Bill 202 shortly after it was passed along party lines by Georgia's General Assembly with votes of 100-75 in the House and 34-20 in the Senate.
The drop is driven by Republicans, with GOP voters' support for stricter regulations declining by double-digits since 2019.
Rico Marley, 22, was detained on Wednesday after walking into an Atlanta, Georgia Publix supermarket while wearing body armor and carrying five guns.
The legislation is the first of its kind in Georgia, which until then was one of only four states still lacking such statutes despite more than a decade of advocacy.
"No one in Georgia fought harder for me than David! He NEVER gave up! He has my Complete and Total Endorsement for re-election," Trump wrote.
"This is not and should not be a partisan issue—it is an American issue," President Joe Biden said Tuesday.
Jody Hice announced his campaign to oust Brad Raffensperger as Georgia's top election official in 2022, which got the backing of the ex-president.
Recent mass shootings have prompted renewed calls for reform of gun laws, which the president outlined as a priority during his campaign.
The former Democrat has claimed that Kemp's inaction is the reason Donald Trump is no longer president.
"Unlike our current Georgia Secretary of State, Jody leads out front with integrity," Trump said in a statement on Monday.
"Loitering" local officers and gun-toting Trump supporters were among the isolated incidents that Black Southern voters cited from last November.
New polling data pointed to a much higher inclination among people of color to report witnessing these types of incidents compared with white people.
The Georgia congressman said that bypassing the metal detectors was done to gain "legal standing" to bring the House Speaker to court.
"It's been politicized like we've never seen before," he said in a video released Friday. "They're literally attacking American civilians."
"The shootings were a total repudiation of our faith and practice, and such actions are completely unacceptable and contrary to the gospel," the Crabapple First Baptist Church in Milton, Georgia, said on Friday.
Several public figures in the Asian American community have spoken about the links between racism and the objectification of Asian women.
Georgia's new hate crime law was spurred by the killing of Ahmaud Arbery and signed by Governor Brian Kemp last year.
Baker, the director of communications for the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, reportedly promoted shirts that blamed China for the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Tornado Watch is in effect across parts of Alabama, Florida and Georgia through early Thursday morning.
The suspect purchased a gun from Big Woods Goods in Cherokee County on Tuesday prior to the shootings, an attorney for the store confirmed to Newsweek.
Hate crimes against Asian Americans increased by nearly 150 percent last year, a report has found.
Since-deleted social media posts suggest that the shooting suspect was re-baptized by the Crabapple First Baptist Church about three years ago.
People are being urged to use the phrase "Stop Asian Hate" to show their solidarity instead of "Asian Lives Matter."
Long, 21, of Woodstock, Georgia, was taken into custody after eight people were killed at three massage parlors in the Atlanta area.