There appears to be a growing movement in America today that is pitting school administrators against parents, and the federal government is concerned that the situation may be getting out of control.
In districts around the country, angry parents are flooding school board meetings, lashing out at school policies and curriculums that they disapprove of. Often, these issues include vaccine mandates, mask mandates, and the teaching of “critical race theory”.
The situation has gotten so heated, in fact, that the FBI is now being dispatched to keep tabs on it.
The Department of Justice is launching an effort to combat what it said is an “increase” in “threats of violence” against school officials and teachers across the country.
“Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said of the effort in a statement Monday. “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.”
And this was no quick and simple operation.
Garland directed the FBI and U.S. attorney’s offices to hold meetings with federal, state and local law enforcement leaders in the next 30 days, during which they will discuss ways to combat what the DOJ called a “disturbing trend” of harassment and threats against school officials.
The news will certainly bring with it a glut of pushback, as many of the affected parents will see this as just another overreach by the federal government.