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Conservative filmmaker, author, and commentator Dinesh D’Souza ripped President Joe Biden’s attorney general, Merrick Garland, over the latter’s tasking of the Justice Department and the FBI to probe parental behavior at school board meetings.
In recent months, parents across the country have become increasingly fed up with controversial curriculum such as critical race theory as well as what they see as wholly inappropriate sexual content in school libraries.
Sometimes the meetings devolve into shouting matches, and there have been some arrests.
Also, according to a letter sent earlier this month to Biden from the National School Board Association, officials claimed that school board members were being threatened while suggesting the administration investigate parental behavior with an eye towards applying laws that pertain to “domestic terrorism.”
“America’s public schools and its education leaders are under an immediate threat,” the NSBA wrote in the letter, which asks for “federal law enforcement and other assistance to deal with the growing number of threats of violence and acts of intimidation occurring across the nation.”
The letter asked the administration to investigate actions that could be “the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”
“Threats against public servants are not only illegal, but they also run counter to our nation’s core values,” Garland noted in a statement issued by the Justice Department. “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.”
The statement adds:
Citing an increase in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school board members, teachers, and workers in our nation’s public schools, today Attorney General Merrick B. Garland directed the FBI and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to meet in the next 30 days with federal, state, tribal, territorial and local law enforcement leaders to discuss strategies for addressing this disturbing trend. These sessions will open dedicated lines of communication for threat reporting, assessment, and response by law enforcement.
But D’Souza ripped the Biden Justice Department’s meetings with local and state law enforcement with an eye towards targeting parents.
“Let’s see if these parents pose a danger to school board officials and teachers,” D’Souza noted sarcastically. “Are these parents intimidating or they’re threatening them? Are they, are they ‘domestic terrorists’ of one kind or another?”
“The whole idea is preposterous. Even in the letter that was sent by the National School Board Association to the Biden administration saying, ‘listen, we, we, we, we, teachers are really scared. We school board members are really scared. Uh, you need to mobilize and get law enforcement on this,'” he added.”The question becomes, what examples could they provide that be used that parents pose this massive threat? And when you look at the fine print, the footnotes, in fact, and you realize their examples are like downright stupid,” he added.
“In one case, an… entrepreneur, a guy named John Figgs was arrested. He was arrested after he yelled at his school board in Loudon County, Virginia. So he was arrested for yelling evidently.”
“Then they say that there was an ‘unruly crowd of parents in Spotsylvania Pennsylvania at a school board meeting.’ Unruly crowd? What did the crowd actually do? How unruly was it? Was it just parents basically expressing their discontent? They’re unruly. We need to make sure that we tamp them down,” the podcaster added.
“And then they talk about protestors who ‘disrupted a school board in Poway Unified School District in California.’ Again, disrupted how? Disruptive in the sense that they raised objections, they spoke out of turn and the school board had to adjourn. Is that what disruptive means or are they talking about physical disruption?” said D’Souza.
“So this is the threat that the Biden administration is trying to shut down. In a sense, what Merrick Garland does, this is attorney general, this guy, by the way, we’re really happy he’s not in the Supreme court, you fraud, but anyway, he’s issued a declaration of war on American parents,” the host added. “I don’t even think that the threats of the US government, all this bombast, and that’s mostly what it is, is going to deter parents from being active.”
As for parents’ behavior at board meetings, D’Souza had some advice, as well as a path forward.
“There’s no need to yell… don’t just take on the school board, run for school board, displace these losers on the school board so you become the school board. That’s kind of how the left took over education,” he said. “They took over the seats in the departments. They took over the departmental chairs. They became the presidents of universities, and with effort, it’s going to take a little bit of time, we need to do what they did. We need to take our institutions.”