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School boards in Virginia and Louisiana have denounced plans for federal law enforcement agencies to step in to protect teachers against protesting parents, it emerged on Monday, amid an increasingly heated political environment.
It comes after Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a memo announcing a task force - including the FBI - to look into how best to use federal powers to prosecute crimes against school personnel.
President Biden has repeatedly condemned threats directed at school board members during angry debates on mask mandates.
But now two state school board associations have spoken out at a letter sent by their national association to Biden calling for help.
'Those citizens who serve on Virginia’s local school boards deserve our thanks,' said the Virginia School Boards Association, which said it had not been consulted on the National School Boards Association request for help.
'There is no justification for physical or verbal threats directed against them, their staff and certainly not the students.
'Nor is there any excuse for disrupting a public meeting. When such unfortunate events occur, the local officials, working with local law enforcement, must deal with the situation appropriately.
'While we look for support to our state and federal governments, we do not seek the involvement of federal law enforcement or other officials in local decisions.'
Angry school board meeting have been one of the most visible flashpoints during a year of tension over everything from mask mandates to lessons in race awareness.
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