On Friday, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) disavowed and apologized for a letter that called concerned parents to domestic terrorists. In a message to NSBA members, the organization said that they “regret and apologize” for the letter. The letter ultimately led to an FBI crackdown from the Biden regime.
“To be clear, the safety of school board members, other public officials and educators, and students is our top priority, and there remains important work to be done on this issue,” wrote the NSBA board of directors on Friday. “However, there was no justification for some of the language used in the letter,” they continued. The NSBA board went on to further apologize for “strain and stress” caused by the situation.
The NSBA’s September 29 letter said public school teachers are under “immediate threat” and asked for “immediate assistance” to protect students and teachers from threats of violence. Noting that local law enforcement is “working with public school officials in several communities,” the association asked for a “joint collaboration among federal law enforcement agencies” to address the alleged threats.
Specifically, the NSBA named the FBI, DHS, Secret Service, and National Threat Assessment Center to begin investigating the people who show up at school board meetings. The organization also suggested those involved “could be” guilty of “domestic terrorism” and urged for parents to be investigated using the PATRIOT Act.
Less than a week later, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that federal law enforcement would be acting on the NSBA’s letter. Garland instructed federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, to meet within 30 days to combat the alleged terrorist threat.
“Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values,” Garland said. “Those who dedicate their time and energy to ensuring that our children receive a proper education in a safe environment deserve to be able to do their work without fear for their safety.”
A Justice Department memorandum stated that the “rise in criminal conduct directed toward school personnel” would result in the creation of a task force. The task force is to have representatives from the department’s “Criminal Division, National Security Division, Civil Rights Division, the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, the FBI, the Community Relations Service and the Office of Justice Programs, to determine how federal enforcement tools can be used to prosecute these crimes,” reads the memorandum.
The department is also set to create “specialized training and guidance for local school boards and school administrators.”
The NSBA’s letter comes after nearly a month of intense backlash. “We are going to do better going forward. We are engaged in a formal review of our processes and procedures,” wrote the NSBA board.
“We will announce specific improvements soon to ensure there is improved coordination and consultation among our staff, our board and our members across the country.”