Biden administration Attorney General Merrick Garland told the FBI to use its authority with parents who threaten or use violence against public school officials, according to a memo released on Monday.
“In recent months, there has been a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff,” Merrick said in the memo.
“The Department takes these threats seriously and is committed to using its authority and resources to discourage these threats,” Merrick added.
BREAKING: Attorney General Merrick Garland has instructed the FBI to mobilize against parents who oppose critical race theory in public schools, citing “threats.”
The letter follows the National School Board Association’s request to classify protests as “domestic terrorism.” pic.twitter.com/NhPU03YOYq
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The memo followed a letter from the National School Boards Association to President Joe Biden for help following outbreaks of violence at school board meetings across the country.
The letter asked 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.”
Topics in recent months have included heated arguments over COVID-19 restrictions and vaccinations, critical race theory and LGBTQ issues.
The new warning now appears to target parents as domestic terrorists instead of seeking to focus on the problems fueling the arguments in public schools, offering another reason for the growing homeschool and private school movements nationwide.