One of the newest political battlefields in our nation comes not on Capitol Hill, or anywhere in The Beltway, necessarily. Nor is it even on Facebook, where moderators continue to skew the conversation in one very particularly direction.
No, more often than not, we find the most heated political debates today are occurring at school board meetings, pitting anti-vax, anti-mask, and anti-critical race theory parents against the pubic servants charged with implementing the aforementioned affronts.
As these gatherings continue to grow more and more heated, the DOJ has decided to step in and keep an eye on things.
The Department of Justice is launching an effort to combat what it said is an “increase” in “threats of violence” against school officials and teachers across the country.
“Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said of the effort in a statement Monday. “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 effort will be expansive.
Garland directed the FBI and U.S. attorney’s offices to hold meetings with federal, state and local law enforcement leaders in the next 30 days, during which they will discuss ways to combat what the DOJ called a “disturbing trend” of harassment and threats against school officials.
Some parents have expressed concern over the news, suggesting that this is just another way in which the federal government is intervening at the local level.