Attorney General Merrick Garland Directs FBI to Address “Threats” Made Against School Boards, Teachers
United States Department of Justice headquarters, August 12, 2006. Coolcaesar, Creative Commons

A week after the National School Board Association (NSBA) called on the Biden administration to address threats made against school boards and teachers as it would domestic terrorism, Attorney General Merrick Garland has directed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to work with U.S. Attorneys and local law enforcement to address any threats posed to teachers and school board members.

School board meetings across the country have become the site of heated discussion and boisterous protest as of late, in large part over objections to controversial curricula and mask mandates.

The NSBA called on the Biden administration to address what it characterized as “a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes” as vitriol increases against its members.

“America’s public schools and its education leaders are under an immediate threat,” the group’s executives wrote in a letter, according to Reuters.

“The National School Boards Association respectfully asks for federal law enforcement and other assistance to deal with the growing number of threats of violence and acts of intimidation occurring across the nation.”

The group cited instances where parents were arrested during heated school board meetings or “incited chaos,” as Reuters put it. In one case, an individual shouted a Nazi salute during board meetings on two separate occasions.

The Biden Department of Justice, under Garland, has expressed its commitment to confronting domestic terrorism, as The Post Millennial noted.

On Monday, the attorney general directed federal law enforcement to address “this disturbing trend.”

“Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values,” Garland wrote. “Those who dedicate their time and energy to ensuring that our children receive a proper education in a safe environment deserve to be able to do their work without fear for their safety.”

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