On Monday, Attorney General Merrick Garland directed federal authorities, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FB), to crack down on parents who protest against school boards over far-left indoctrination in their curricula, according to Politico.
In a written memorandum by Garland sent to FBI agents and FBI Director Christopher Wray, Garland said that his Department of Justice (DOJ) will announce further measures in the next few days that will “address the rise in criminal conduct directed toward school personnel,” without citing any evidence of any such “criminal” activities. Among these measures will be a “federal task force” consisting of agents from the DOJ’s “criminal, civil rights, and national security divisions.”
Garland baselessly accused such parents of making “threats against public service,” which he claims “run counter to our nation’s core values. 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.”
Garland’s threats come after months of protests against various school boards across the country, as parents have increasingly learned about strict new measures and radical agendas being pushed by schools onto their children. At the heart of these protests, which often take place at public school board meetings and sometimes go viral, are mask and vaccine mandates for children, the promotion of Critical Race Theory, and the inclusion of graphic lessons about sexuality.
Critical Race Theory (CRT) is the far-left and debunked claim that all White people are automatically racist, and that America is a systemically racist nation at its very founding. CRT has been used to try to shame White students and make them feel inferior to their non-White classmates, and also to give non-White students free passes to make racist statements about White people. Many parents, including non-White parents, have spoken out against these lessons as racist, historically false, and only serving the purpose of further dividing Americans.
Lessons about sexuality have stemmed from the radical LGBTQ agenda, which seeks to push homosexuality on young children, as well as the scientifically false notion of “transgenderism,” which claims that there are more than two genders, and that anyone can choose their gender at any time. Most recently, Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia came under fire for having two such books in its library; both promoted homosexual relationships, with one of them being a graphic novel that included visual depictions of gay sex between children. The books were removed from the district’s libraries following universal backlash from parents.
The National School Boards Association (NSBA) wrote a letter to Joe Biden demanding federal intervention in such incidents, falsely claiming that these protests constituted domestic terrorism and hate crimes.
“America’s public schools and its education leaders are under an immediate threat,” the group’s letter claimed, again without any evidence. “These threats and acts of violence are affecting our nation’s democracy at the very foundational levels, causing school board members – many who are not paid – to resign immediately and/or discontinue their service after their respective terms.”
There had been a handful of past instances of school boards improperly using law enforcement to crack down on political dissent. In Loudoun County, Virginia, a father named Jon Tigges was arrested at a school board meeting for simply protesting against the board’s efforts to teach CRT to students, after the school board called the police on him.