Virginia, Louisiana school boards reject federal help to probe violence against staff

Virginia, Louisiana school boards reject federal help to probe violence against staff


Multiple state school boards are rejecting assistance from federal law enforcement in investigations into alleged harassment of teachers, school staff or school board members after Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a memo announcing the Federal Bureau of Investigations would get involved in ongoing disputes between parents and school boards. 

The decisions by Virginia and Louisiana come one week after Garland announced the FBI would be leading in investigations and response to what he called “a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff.”

“Those citizens who serve on Virginia’s local school boards deserve our thanks,” the Virginia School Boards Association said. “There is no justification for physical or verbal threats directed against them, their

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