Justice ministry faces increasing threats and harassment against school officials and teachers
FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) – In a note sent by the US Department of Justice on October 4, acts of harassment, threats of violence and intimidation efforts against school board officials, teachers and workers could be the subject of an investigation by the federal government. government.
“Threats against public officials are not only illegal, they go against the core values of our country,” Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said in the memo. “Those who devote their time and energy to ensuring that our children receive an appropriate education in a safe environment deserve to be able to do their jobs without fear for their safety. “
Under Garland’s instructions, a task force will be created with members of the DOJ Criminal Division, National Security Division, Civil Rights Division, Executive Order for U.S. Lawyers, FBI, Service community relations and justice programs office.
“Parents play a vital role in the education of their child,” wrote Senator John Hoeven (ND). “They should be able to litigate before their local school board, in accordance with their constitutional rights and without threat of an investigation by the Department of Justice. ”
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, issues with masks in schools, mitigation plans and discussions of critical race theory have dominated school board meetings. Groups like Parents Defending Education oppose the justice ministry. to be involved.
“It is shameful that activists are militarizing the US Department of Justice against parents,” he added. said Nicole Neily, president of the PDE, on Twitter. “This is a coordinated attempt to intimidate dissenting voices in the debates surrounding America’s underachieving K-12 education and it will not succeed. We will not be silenced.
Garland has called on the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to meet with federal, state, tribal, territorial and local law enforcement officials this month to resolve these issues.
“While lively debate on political issues is protected by our constitution, this protection does not extend to threats of violence or efforts to intimidate individuals based on their views. Garland said in his October 4 memorandum.
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