FBI to go after parents who protest against public school officials

By Kendall Tietz

Attorney General Merrick Garland called on the FBI to “use its authority” against parents who threaten or use violence against public school officials in a Monday memorandum.

Garland said there has been a “disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff.” He said he is directing the FBI to work with each U.S. attorney and leaders “in each federal judicial district” to discuss strategy to address threats within 30 days of his statement.

The Department of Justice’s memorandum did not specify what it classifies as a crime and did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for clarification on the matter.

Garland’s statement follows a letter from the National School Board Association (NSBA) that asked the federal government to get involved in the “immediate threat” of violence from parents faced by American public schools and its education officials. The NSBA said the incidents could be “the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”

“It is shameful that activists are weaponizing the US Department of Justice against parents,” Nicole Neily, president of Parents Defending Education told the Daily Caller News Foundation in response to the memorandum. “This is a coordinated attempt to intimidate dissenting voices in the debates surrounding America’s underperforming K-12 education – and it will not succeed. We will not be silenced.”

The Department of Justice said it takes instances of threats, or violence against school officials “seriously and is committed to using its authority and resources” to discourage, identify and prosecute the “rise in criminal conduct directed toward school personnel.”

Parents have led the charge against controversial issues such as Critical Race Theory (CRT), masking mandates and vaccine requirements.

CRT holds that America is fundamentally racist, yet it teaches people to view every social interaction and person in terms of race. Its adherents pursue “antiracism” through the end of merit, objective truth and the adoption of race-based policies.

In Loudoun County, Virginia, two parents were arrested in June for trespassing while protesting CRT and a transgender policy at the school district because they refused to leave the rowdy meeting that was declared an unlawful assembly. In July, a man was arrested at a school board meeting and charged with a felony because a gun reportedly fell out of his pocket, the Indianapolis Star reported.

In Utah, 11 anti-mask protestors were arrested on misdemeanor charges for allegedly disrupting a school board meeting in May, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. The protestors entered the school board meeting and shouted obscenities, which resulted in an early end to the meeting.

“In the coming days, the Department will announce a series of measures designed to address the rise in criminal conduct toward school personnel,” the memorandum said.

It “will also create specialized training and guidance for local school boards and school administrators,” the Justice Department press release said. “This training will help school board members and other potential victims understand the type of behavior that constitutes threats, how to report threatening conduct to the appropriate law enforcement agencies, and how to capture and preserve evidence of threatening conduct to aid in the investigation and prosecution of these crimes.”

Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities for this original content, email licensing@dailycallernewsfoundation.org.

Image courtesy of Public domain

12 thoughts on “FBI to go after parents who protest against public school officials

    • I see the posting of this article here in Vermont media as a shot across the bow, though, FROM the FBI and its handlers…Vermont is in the cross-hairs. Apparently the 22% of unvaccinated are raising a ruckus?
      Funny…I don’t hear about this much in Vermont…because covering dissent from the narrative cracks it…
      So why this?
      Why now?
      Self-fulfilling prophecies and word spells?

  1. Just more nonsense from illegitimate Biden administration , fools in charge

    When you’re a fake government you use force to control the people, but the people will resist and will win.

    Wake up people

  2. The FIB has become little more then the strong arm of the Fascist Left Swamp… it’s
    usefulness has been out lived and they need to be disbanded.. They have had
    eyes on EVERY mass shooter yet not stopped one from carrying out their
    evil plan.. They fail on protecting the citizenry and we don’t need a enforcement
    wing for the government..

    Yes Peter the 600 dollar bank accounts are where the millionaires are hiding their illicit gains..wink wink…

  3. It is truly amazing the number of blunders President Biden and his administration can wrack up in less than one week……Here’s a quick look at the wreckage caused so far this week:

    1. Biden wants the IRS look into every financial transaction of $600 or greater for every American because he wants to catch tax cheats……Meanwhile, Biden himself is caught under paying $500,000 in income taxes.

    2. Biden tells the American people that it’s a fundamental right to protest to include harassment and chasing a woman US Senator into the bathroom while video taping the entire event…….Image if this happened to VP Kamala Harris……Would it be considered legitimate protesting or a hate crime?

    3. Biden sets the FBI on parent’s who are looking after their children’s education and welfare because parents don’t have a right to protest school officials……While the very same FBI ignores Antifa and the BLM activists who spent months this year destroying cities, burning police cars and police stations, looting businesses small & large and killing people across the country.

    And it’s only Tuesday…….Imagine what Mr. Biden can get done by the weekend.

  4. And to think that Mr. Garland could have been a Supreme. I guess Senator McConnell knew what he was doing when he blocked Obama’s nomination of him.

  5. What do you expect when the Virginia Democrat gubernatorial candidate, Terry McAuliffe, during a Tuesday debate, stated that he would “not allow parents to tell schools what to teach their children”?

    While there is a difference between parents who merely ‘protest’ against public school officials and the “harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence’ cited by AG Garland and the NSBA, I wonder if the AG considers the distribution of ‘sexually explicit books’ to pre-teens as the child abuse it is?

    (http://www.truenorthreports.com/education-sexually-explicit-books-appearing-in-classroom-libraries-for-kids-as-young-as-age-11)

    If anyone but the public-school monopoly that contributes to McAuliffe’s election campaign did this, they’d be in jail in a heartbeat – and rightfully so. The public school system has become explicitly dangerous to your children’s physical and mental well-being. If you don’t get your kids out before it gets worse – as it surely will, you’ll have no one to blame but yourselves.

  6. Homeschool. Period. There are a plethora of really great online homeschooling programs. Bypass the liberal indoctrination and raise your children yourself.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *