There have been a lot of questions as of late about what our children are being taught in school. It has been discovered that some teachers or school curricula are educating our kids on transgender ideas, such as changing their gender identity when and if they don’t feel comfortable in their own skin. Others teach that race is behind everything we do and say and that one’s skin color makes someone inherently good or evil.
Naturally, concerned parents have begun to question these ideals and the teachers or educational staff members they are coming from, as is their right.
However, it would seem that leftist school board members who condone such notions being taught to our youth aren’t happy about that. And so, they are and have been trying to get the federal government involved.
Remember when the National School Boards Association wrote a letter to the White House, asking them to investigate any and all parents who don’t agree with their teaching methods? They quite literally called such parents “domestic terrorists.” They demanded that the Patriot Act be applied to them as if questioning what and how their children were taught was akin to bombing a shopping mall.
You might also remember that the NSBA was forced to apologize for that letter due to no small amount of backlash. However, the damage had already been done. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland quickly wrote up a directive for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate such parents as they were supposedly attacking and threatening school boards and their members.
Even after the NSBA apologized and rescinded their letter, Garland said his directive was still warranted.
Since then, more than a few parents have been put through interviews and such with the FBI. However, Garland swears that his Department of Justice nor the FBI are “using counterterrorism statutes and resources to target parents at school board meetings.
But new evidence says otherwise.
According to a recent letter by Republicans of the House Judiciary Committee, led by Ohio Representative Jim Jordan, that’s exactly what has happened. Concerned parents have been investigated as though they are terrorists for doing nothing more than using their First Amendment rights.
The letter presents information from a number of whistleblowers who claim that the FBI has “labeled at least dozens of investigations into parents with a threat tag created by the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division to assess and track investigations related to school boards.” According to the information, each parent who was ever verbally concerned about mask mandates in schools, or a number of other items, as well as state officials who were public about their opinion on either masking or vaccine mandates, have been tagged with the label of “EDUOFFICIALS.”
As Jordan says, federal agents are “using counterterrorism resources to investigate protected First Amendment activity.”
Now, to be clear, Jordan points out that in every such case, the FBI has eventually determined that the parents weren’t doing anything wrong and were cleared. However, this only happened after hours, days, and weeks of already limited and valuable time and other resources were spent on the case. Essentially all that time and resources were wasted on bogus claims instead of ones that actually need the FBI’s attention.
For example, a concerned mother once told a member of her child’s school board, “we are coming for you.” The mother was reported as a potential threat since she was not only a gun owner but also a member of “Moms for Liberty,” which was alleged to be a “right wring mom’s group.”
During the FBI’s investigation, it was determined that while the choice of words might not have been the best, the mother only meant that her organization was going to work to “replace school board members with new members through the electoral process.”
A far cry from domestic terrorism, don’t you think?
But thanks to Garland’s directive, the FBI was called to waste precious time and money on this. And so Jordan is asking, again, that Garland rescind that directive, ensuring that parents don’t have to be fearful about standing up for their kids and that FBI is no longer wasting all too hard to come by resources.
We can only hope that Garland sees the wisdom in doing that. But I’m not holding my breath.