After sending a panicky letter to the White House asking for protection from unruly “terrorist” parents, the National School Boards Association has had to withdraw its claim that confrontations at school board meetings could constitute “domestic terrorism’ and “hate crimes.”
As for the attorney general of the United States, however, who responded to the NSBA letter with promises to “investigate” angry parents using the full force of the federal government — he’s going to keep his taxpayer-funded crosshairs on those angry moms, reports the Daily Wire.
Attorney General Merrick Garland, whose family profits from selling just the kind of school curricula that are making parents mad, told Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley that he would not withdraw a Department of Justice memo he issued on Oct. 4 directing the FBI and other federal agencies to investigate school board meetings.
Grassley asked Garland flat out at a hearing before the committee on Oct. 27 whether the memo would be nullified because claims of imminent danger had been “disavowed“ by the National School Boards Association.
“I did not adopt every concern that they had in their letter,” Garland answered in part. “I adopted only the concern about violence and threats of violence. And that hasn’t changed.”
Even though it has.
The NSBA letter in question was sent by two members of the NSBA, who suggest that “as these acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials have increased, the classification of these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”
The letter went on to ask federal law enforcement to assist local law enforcement, and to use federal law to “examine appropriate enforceable actions.”
“On behalf of NSBA, we regret and apologize for the letter,” states the memo that retracted the letter. “To be clear, the safety of school board members, other public school officials and educators, and students is our top priority, and there remains important work to be done on this issue. However, there was no justification for some of the language included in that letter.”
“[W]e deeply value not only the work of local school boards… but also the voices of parents, who should and must continue to be hurt when it comes to decisions about their children’s education, health, and safety.”