The Biden administration announced that the Department of Justice will discourage, identify, and prosecute parents “when necessary” for opposing mask mandates and critical race theory, citing “threats of violence.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland directed the FBI and U.S. attorney’s offices to mobilize against parents that oppose these policies, citing that the federal government will “determine how federal enforcement tools can be used to prosecute these crimes.”
JUST IN – U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland mobilizes the FBI to address a “disturbing spike of threats” by parents against school boards, teachers. pic.twitter.com/Iu23VoLdHk
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) October 4, 2021 AG Merrick Garland released this statement that revealed the federal government’s plan to prosecute parents over a “disturbing spike of threats” by parents to school board members and teachers over the coming months.
“Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values,” Garland said with a statement on Oct. 4. “Those who dedicate their time and energy to ensuring that our children receive a proper education in a safe environment deserve to be able to do their work without fear for their safety.”
Curiously, the move came just five days after the National Association of School Boards (NASB) sent a letter to Joe Biden claiming that “America’s public schools and its education leaders are under an immediate threat.”
The NASB described the “heinous actions” against school officials as “a form of domestic terrorism” and “hate crimes.” The group urged the Biden administration to consider its powers under the Patriot Act, the extensive surveillance legislation passed after the September 11 attacks, to pursue parents.
Atty. Gen. Garland announced that the FBI and DOJ would go after parents for “harassment” of school officials (Image – REUTERS)
Critics argue that the Garland’s order attacks parental rights and prohibits them from exercising their First Amendment rights to speak out against their schools’ “woke” policies.
Asra Nomani, a mom and the vice president of investigations and strategy at Parents Defending Education, tweeted that there is a serious problem of classifying parents as “domestic terrorists.”
This is what a domestic terrorist looks like?
You are criminalizing parenting, and you owe the people of America a swift apology.
— Asra Q. Nomani “Domestic Terrorist” (@AsraNomani) October 5, 2021
Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., vowed to fight back against Garland’s