The national organization of public school boards is calling on the Biden administration to protect its members from an “angry mob” of parents who protest the COVID-19 restrictions imposed on students and the teaching of the critical race theory, protests labeled as “domestic terrorism”. ”
The National School Boards Association (NSBA), which represents more than 90,000 school board members in the United States, wrote in a letter (PDF) on September 29 to President Joe Biden that the federal government was faced with “an increasing number of threats.” Must be tackled “Acts of violence and intimidation are happening all over the country.”
The letter cites incidents of “threats or genuine acts of violence” against school leaders alleging that parents who sought to express their opposition to mask and COVID-19 vaccination policies , they are “instigating chaos” during school board meetings. It also denies that important race theory is being taught in classrooms, and describes efforts by parents to hold school board members accountable by posting watchlists online as “spreading misinformation”. .
“As these threats and acts of violence become more prevalent,” the letter claims, the NSBA respectfully asks that a joint collaboration between federal law enforcement agencies, state and local law enforcement, and public school officials pay attention to these threats. Must be focused. ”
Specifically, the NSBA called on federal agencies such as the FBI, the Secret Services and the Department of Justice and Homeland Security to “investigate, intercept and prevent existing threats and acts of violence” by requiring “extraordinary measures”.
“As these acts of malice, violence and threats against public school officials increase, the classification of these heinous acts may equate to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crime,” the NSBA said, encouraging federal agencies. argued in the letter. To use laws designed to target domestic terrorism, such as the Patriot Act, to address this issue.
The group also asked Biden to instruct the US Postal Service to filter “threatening letters” and intervene in “cyberbullying attacks” targeting students, teachers and school leaders.
The call for support came days after the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) made a similar request, arguing that the federal government should empower school leaders to remove “threatening individuals” from their schools. need to be given.
NASSP CEO Ron said, “At a minimum, we need the U.S. Department of Education to issue specific guidance on the right that school leaders have to protect their safety and to remove or ban hostile parents and those on school grounds.” We have the potential to threaten our security.” Nojo in a September 16 statement.