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**UPDATE** “AP fact-checkers refuted claims that the National School Boards Association asked President Joe Biden to label protesting parents “domestic terrorists,” noting that NSBA CEO Chip Slaven said in a statement that those reports are “absolutely false.”
The National School Boards Association, which represents 90,000 school officials, including the ones who’ve been caught blacklisting and doxing dissenting parents, is facing backlash for allegedly asking President Joe Biden to label upset parents “domestic terrorists” and deploy federal authorities to rein them in.
In a letter dated Sept. 29th, association president Viola M. Garcia and interim executive director and CEO Chip Slaven claimed school officials nationwide have been experiencing “threats of violence and acts of intimidation” from parents upset over mask/vaccine mandates and the teaching of racial essentialism.
“Coupled with attacks against school board members and educators for approving policies for masks to protect the health and safety of students and school employees, many public school officials are also facing physical threats because of propaganda purporting the false inclusion of critical race theory within classroom instruction and curricula,” they wrote.
“This propaganda continues despite the fact that critical race theory is not taught in public schools and remains a complex law school and graduate school subject well beyond the scope of a K-12 class,” they added.
A copy of the full letter can be found at the link shared below by the association:
We sent a letter to President Biden this morning asking for federal assistance to stop threats and acts of violence against public schoolchildren, public school board members, and other public school district officials and educators: https://t.co/q6bHM0aawQ
— National School Boards Association | NSBA (@NSBAPublicEd) September 30, 2021
What they wrote is itself propaganda. So-called critical race theory is a catch-all term that encompasses all the forms of racial essentialism that the evidence (here, here, here) has conclusively shown are being taught in America’s schools.
Continuing their letter, Garcia and Slaven sucked up to the president for a few paragraphs before suddenly asking him to deploy federal authorities.
“While local and state law enforcement agencies are working with public school officials in several communities to prevent further disruptions to educational services and school district operations, law enforcement officials in some jurisdictions need assistance – including help with monitoring the threat levels,” they wrote.
“As these threats and acts of violence have become more prevalent … NSBA respectfully asks that a joint collaboration among federal law enforcement agencies, state and local law enforcement, and with public school officials be undertaken to focus on these threats,” they added.
The duo continued by claiming that the “acts of malice, violence, and threats” may constitute “a form of domestic terrorism.”
“As such,” they maintained, they’d like the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to review the matter and then deploy agents from the FBI and “any other federal agency with relevant jurisdictional authority and oversight” to rein in these alleged “terrorists.”
As of Friday morning, the tweet up top from the NSBA had been ratioed into oblivion, with the tweet boasting a meager 85 likes to nearly 350 comments from angry parents accusing the association of trying to “criminalize dissent.”
Parents also reminded the association that school board members are elected officials whose job it is to serve the people, not the other way around.
Silencing opposing voices increases anger. Credible threats are already actionable, so I suspect you want to criminalize dissent. Knock it off, you reprehensible tyrants. Dismantle yourselves.
— Jco97 (@Jco971) September 30, 2021
You want the FBI to investigate parents who express their disapproval of what their children are being taught in schools their tax dollars pay for? 🤡
— Smoking Chimp (@Smoking_Chimp) September 30, 2021
Words are not violence. STOP.
— Hike Companion (@HikeCompanion) September 30, 2021
So, you believe parents who only want a decent education for their tax dollars are “domestic terrorists”.
You probably also believe rioters, looters, anarchists, and arsonists are “peaceful protestors”.
— GrandOLTeam (@JBLuvsCeltic) September 30, 2021
Woke school administrators are using schoolchildren to shield themselves from pissed off parents.
There should be mass recalls of school boards, just like in San Francisco.
— Tezos Rocketman, cleanNFT.org (@BouncingDeadCat) September 30, 2021
The school board is there to look after the education and well being of the students while in school. Parents on the other hand gave the right to decide when the school curriculum isn’t fit for their kids. You serve the people and work for us with our tax money. Remember that.
— Audax (@audaxtaz) October 1, 2021
Did they have a fair argument? It appears so.
The authoritarian impulses of some school officials have been so severe that in Palm Beach County, Florida, a school board recently felt compelled to sic the cops on parents who’d merely refused to stand.
And in Loudoun County, Virginia, several school board members were busted earlier this year for helping doxx and direct harassment toward parents accused of dissenting against the teaching of racial essentialism.
‘I am on a list’: Parents opposing critical race theory say they’re being targeted by Virginia school board members https://t.co/eAixvINDwQ
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) March 30, 2021
Yet there’s no record of parents who’ve been the victims of such antics reaching out to the federal government to request that school board members be labeled “domestic terrorists” and targeted for incarceration.
Similarly, there appear to be no concrete examples of parents actually losing their temper and physically attacking school board members.
A Google search turned up nothing except a recent case from Minnesota in which a parent attacked another parent over a disagreement about masks …
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