Seventeen states ask Biden, Garland to stop intimidating parents into silence at school board meetings

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Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita, along with 16 other state attorneys general, penned a letter to President Biden and U. S. Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding the federal government cease efforts to intimidate parents into silence at school board meetings.

"Your recent action seeks to chill lawful dissent by parents voiced during local school board meetings by characterizing them as unlawful and threatening," the attorneys general wrote in the letter, led by Rokita.

A memorandum issued by Garland, which was released shortly after the National School Boards Association (NSBA) sent a letter to Biden claiming some clashes between school boards and parents may amount to "domestic terrorism," calls for the FBI to take the lead on a task force to address threats against school officials, including creating a centralized way to report such threats.

Discussing the memo, the 17 chief law enforcement officers from each state argued that it is "based upon a flawed premise" and violates "First Amendment rights of parents to address school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff on educational matters by seeking to criminalize lawful dissent and intimidate parents into silence."

In addition to its claim of an increase in the "acts of malice, violence and threats against public school officials," the NSBA letter also called for the Biden ... (Read more)