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Nat’l School Board Group Asks Biden for Help w/ Angry Parents

'Whatever you feel about masks, it should not reach this level of rhetoric...'

(Headline USA) A group representing school board members around the country asked President Joe Biden on Thursday for federal assistance to investigate and stop “threats” made over policies including mask mandates, likening alleged vitriol to a form of domestic terrorism.

Parents and community members have been disrupting meetings and threatening board members in person, online and through the mail in a trend that merits attention from federal law enforcement agencies, the National School Boards Association said in a letter to Biden.

“Whatever you feel about masks, it should not reach this level of rhetoric,” NSBA Interim Executive Director Chip Slaven told the Associated Press by phone.

School boards around the country have been disrupted by upset attendees out to protect their children from public education bureaucrats who indoctrinate students with propaganda like critical race theory and special LGBT privileges.

Typically, if any rise to the level of threats, they are handled by local law enforcement.

But the association asked for the federal government to get involved to investigate cases where threats or violence could be handled as violations of federal laws protecting civil rights.

It also asked for the Justice Department, FBI, Homeland Security and Secret Service to help monitor threat levels and assess risks to students, educators, board members and school buildings.

“As these acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials have increased, the classification of these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes,” the association wrote.

The letter documents more than 20 instances of alleged threats, harassment, disruption, and acts of intimidation in California, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Ohio and other states.

It cites the September arrest of an Illinois man for aggravated battery and disorderly conduct for allegedly striking a school official at a meeting.

In Michigan, a meeting was disrupted when a man performed a Nazi salute to protest masking — demonstrating the concern that the organization is concerned more about hurt feelings than free speech.

“We are coming after you,” a letter mailed to an Ohio school board member said, according to the group. “You are forcing them to wear mask—for no reason in this world other than control. And for that you will pay dearly.”

It called the member “a filthy traitor.”

The association represents more than 90,000 school board members in 14,000 public school districts.

The actions have gone beyond board meetings.

The father of an Arizona elementary school student was arrested after he and two other men brought zip ties to the campus, threatening to make a “citizen’s arrest” on the school principal over a COVID-19 quarantine.

The current climate has led a growing number of school board members to resign or decide against seeking reelection.

Adapted from reporting by Associated Press.

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