Merrick Garland addresses threats against school officials

  • The National School Board Association wrote a letter to Biden asking for help with threats.
  • The Ministry of Justice will set up a task force to deal with threats against school officials.
  • Attorney General Merrick Garland said threats against school officials thwart U.S. values.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. law firms were on Monday instructed by Attorney General Merrick Garland to meet with officials across the country to counter rising harassment, intimidation and threats of violence against school board members, teachers and workers.

Within 30 days, Garland instructed the agency and offices to meet and strategize with federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local law enforcement leaders across the country’s 14,000 public school districts, according to a note from Garland.

“Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values,” Garland’s note said. “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 carry out their work without fear for their safety.”

In the coming days, measures will be announced to deal with the increase in crimes against school staff, including setting up a task force and specialized training and guidance for school officials, according to a DoJ press release. The training will teach staff to identify threatening behaviors and gather evidence to help investigators, the DoJ said.

The announcement comes three days after the National School Board Association wrote a letter asking the Biden administration for help in dealing with escalating threats of violence at school board meetings, which it called “an immediate threat.”

“As the threats grow and news of extremist hate organizations appearing at school board meetings,
reported, this is a critical time for a proactive approach to addressing this difficult issue, “the letter said.

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