An organization representing some 90,000 school board officials has asked the White House to intervene against parents who oppose masking mandates and the teaching of racialist ideology.
The National School Boards Association this week asked the White House to mobilize the Justice Department, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security against anti-mask and anti-critical race theory parents and activists. It also asked the White House to consider deploying the USA PATRIOT Act.
In fact, the National School Boards Association even argued this week that anti-critical race theory and anti-mask protests at school board meetings are a form of “domestic terrorism.”
The “immediate threat” facing U.S. public school officials requires a coordinated response from top federal law enforcement agencies, National School Boards Association President Viola Garcia and interim executive director and CEO Chip Slaven said this week in a letter to President Joe Biden, citing a number of incidents in which school board officials were threatened or insulted by angry parents and other concerned citizens.
“As these threats and acts of violence have become more prevalent,” they said, “during public school board meetings, via documented threats transmitted through the U.S. Postal Service, through social media and other online platforms, and around personal properties — NSBA respectfully asks that a joint collaboration among federal law enforcement agencies, state and local law enforcement, and with public school officials be undertaken to focus on these threats.”
The letter adds, “NSBA specifically solicits the expertise and resources of the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Secret Service, and its National Threat Assessment Center regarding the level of risk to public schoolchildren, educators, board members, and facilities/campuses.”
The board has also asked the White House to deploy the expertise and authority of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to intervene against “threatening letters” and “cyberbullying attacks.”
That’s not all. The school board group wants to take things a step further. It wants the White House to designate anti-mask and anti-critical race theory protests as acts of “domestic terrorism” and “hate crimes.” It also wants the White House to dust off the USA PATRIOT Act.
“As these acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials have increased,” the group’s letter to the president said, “the classification of these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes. As such, NSBA requests a joint expedited review by the U.S. Departments of Justice, Education, and Homeland Security, along with the appropriate training, coordination, investigations, and enforcement mechanisms from the FBI, including any technical assistance necessary from, and state and local coordination with, its National Security Branch and Counterterrorism Division, as well as any other federal agency with relevant jurisdictional authority and oversight.”
The letter adds, “Additionally, NSBA requests that such review examine appropriate enforceable actions against these crimes and acts of violence under the Gun-Free School Zones Act, the PATRIOT Act in regards to domestic terrorism, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the Violent Interference with Federally Protected Rights statute, the Conspiracy Against Rights statute, an Executive Order to enforce all applicable federal laws for the protection of students and public school district personnel, and any related measure.”
As for the White House, it signaled this week that it’s open to the idea of siccing the full power of the federal government on anti-mask and anti-critical race theory parents.
“We take the security of public servants and elected officials across the country very seriously,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters this week . “And obviously, these threats to school board members is horrible. They’re doing their jobs.”
She added, “We’re continuing to explore what more can be done from across the administration.”
In its letter this week to the president, the National School Boards Association said it believes “public discussions” and “transparency” by school board officials are important for the “safe and effective operations of schools.”
But don’t you dare say anything untoward or critical. Otherwise, the National School Boards Association will ask the president of the United States to invoke the PATRIOT Act against you.
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