National school union called for Biden to deploy the NATIONAL GUARD to deal with protesting parents
A preliminary version of the infamous letter the National School Boards Association (NSBA) sent to President Biden comparing angry parents to domestic terrorists even called for the Army National Guard and military police to be sent to certain districts.
“We ask that the Army National Guard and its Military Police be deployed to certain school districts and related events where students and school personnel have been subjected to acts and threats of violence,” the draft letter, which was later amended, read. , according to an independent review of the letter.
The NSBA originally sent a letter to Biden in September 2021 calling for federal intervention to protest parents at school board meetings across the country and requesting that his actions be investigated under the Patriot Act as “domestic terrorism.”
The association represents more than 90,000 school board members in 14,000 public school districts. The NSBA review of the letter notes that the controversial letter was not authorized by the association’s board of directors or executive committee, and only four people within the NSBA had reviewed it before it was sent to the White House.
A portion of the draft letter that was later deleted said that reports on critical race theory being introduced into school curricula were “propaganda”.
“An increasing number of public school officials are facing physical threats due to propaganda that seeks to include critical race theory in classroom instruction and curricula,” the letter said.
The initial draft also referred to the protesting parents as “conspirators targeting schools and educators.”
It was revealed that the White House and the Justice Department contacted the NSBA to modify the language of the letter, findings that were tracked in the independent review of the letter. The review also notes that the NSBA hired a crisis management firm to handle the letter pushback.
At the time, fierce protests were sparked at the height of controversy over school policies such as critical race theory in the curriculum, gender-based bathrooms and mask mandates.
He was sent after a combustible summer, in which school board meetings became the scene of violent riots at times.
Loudoun County in Virginia became the epicenter of the anger, with people arrested after a standoff in June where a teenager known as the “kid in a skirt” was convicted of raping a girl in a women’s bathroom.
“As these acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials increase, the classification of these egregious actions could be the equivalent of a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes,” the NBSA wrote in the letter.
Pictured: A copy of the letter sent by the National Association of School Boards apologizing for “language” comparing parents of school-age children to domestic terrorists.
On October 4, Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a memorandum directing the FBI to work with “threats against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff” and to open “dedicated lines of communication to report, assess, and respond to threats.”
The NSBA letter sparked a backlash and a slew of exits from the state chapter, prompting a redaction and an apology. The group later asked a law firm to dig deeper into the circumstances behind the letter, and their review was published on Friday.
Amy Jahr sings the Star Spangled Banner after the school board halted a Loudoun County School Board meeting because the crowd refused to settle on June 22.
Protesters in Loudoun County on June 22 forced the meeting to end early amid wild scenes.
Issues of critical race theory, gender toilets, and COVID protocols have sparked angry scenes.
“On behalf of the NSBA, we regret and apologize for the letter,” the NSBA said, noting that “there was no justification for some of the language included in the letter.”
However, Garland refused to rescind his October 4 memo, insisting on October 27 that the FBI’s inquiries must continue.
The NSBA has now removed his letter to Biden from its website, but the attorney general said his request for help still stands.
“The Justice Department’s obligation is to protect the American people from violence, including threats of violence, and that particularly includes public officials,” Garland told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“That continues to be a concern for the department.”