As parents around the country express concern over their children’s education in public schools, school boards are fighting back against parental involvement and even classifying parents as domestic terrorists—all with the implicit approval of the Biden administration.
On September 29, the National School Board Association (NSBA), which ostensibly represents educators and educates more than 50 million students, sent a letter to President Joe Biden requesting federal assistance in stopping violence against public school board members and other officials following the nationwide parent-led protests against mask mandates, critical race theory, and pornography in schools.
The NSBA called these protestors “angry mobs” and claimed that “[a]s 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.”
Each of the incidents cited by the NSBA in Washington, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Tennessee—which they say involved “angry mobs”—consisted of parents protesting in school board meetings, albeit loudly, and the school board walking out of the meeting rather than addressing parental concerns over masks or CRT.
Critical race theory, for example, has parents up in arms because the ideology teaches children to categorize themselves based on their perceived “privilege” and accept their status as “oppressor” or “oppressed” based on their gender, sexuality, and skin color. The racist ideology arose in law schools in the late ’70s and early ’80s, but it has slowly trickled down and is now staining children in the K-12 education system.
Mask mandates, meanwhile, have inflamed the ire of parents due to the lower risk of COVID among children and the harmful effects of masks on their health and education. Numerous health experts have warned to stop forced masking on kids, and the Irish Health Authority even recently called it “child abuse.” Despite Governor Abbott’s ban on mask mandates in Texas, many school boards across the state have ignored that and decreed them anyway (the issue is currently tied up in the courts).
However, despite parents expressing concerns to school boards about these issues, on October 4, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland provided a press release announcing the coming meetings of the U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI to combat these instances of “violence” against educators. An expected task force will likely be comprised of representatives from multiple federal agencies to provide information on how instances of violence against educators could be prosecuted at the federal level. The federal government may utilize existing legislation and executive orders to enforce all applicable federal domestic terrorism laws.
Garland stated, “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.”
Thus, apparently to the federal government and NSBA, parents who dissent against school board officials are quashed under the misnomer of disinformation and now even called terrorists for protesting controversial and harmful mask mandates, critical race theory, and pornography in their children’s education.
However, officials’ disturbing response is not altogether surprising, especially when President Joe Biden’s Education Secretary Miguel Cardona stated last week that parents are not the “primary stakeholders” in their children’s education.
Even school boards in Texas are responding in kind. Recently, Round Rock ISD’s board refused to allow citizens into a public school board meeting about masking. While the citizens were blocked outside, the board raised property taxes and even arrested citizens who spoke against them. Parents are now suing the school board.
And while the Biden administration ignores true national security threats—such as the alarming humanitarian crisis at the southern border—they are instead focused on targeting concerned parents.