In the past month, the National School Board Association (NSBA) wrote a letter to Joe Biden that requested federal intervention regarding alleged threats and intimidation against school officials from parents. The NSBA argued that these parents exemplify a form of “domestic terrorism.”
In the letter, the NSBA proclaimed that school board members are under “immediate threat” due to parents who are angry over several issues, in particular COVID mandates, such as mandated masks for students in school.
In addition, the NSBA claimed that parents believe in “propaganda” regarding the allegedly “false inclusion of [CRT]” in the classroom.
Parents Defending Education (PDE), an organization that is representative of hundreds of thousands of parents nationwide, has swiftly responded to these accusations, highlighting the danger inherent in labeling parents as “domestic terrorists.”
Parents Defending Education, an organization representing hundreds of thousands of parents nationwide, has responded to allegations by the National School Board Association that vocal parents are engaging in “domestic terrorism.”
Labeling the NSBA’s letter as a “thinly veiled threat” to completely silent parents, the PDE pointed out that the NSBA cited only “a tiny number of minor incidents” in order to claim that any form of criticism of school officials constitutes “domestic terrorism” or “hate crimes.”
The PDE pointed out that associating “legitimate protest” with violence and terrorism not only reveals “contempt” for parents, but also a total unwillingness to either hear or understand “the sincere cries of parents on behalf of their children.”
“To equate parents with terrorists dishonors the thousands of victims of actual terrorism … have you no shame?” the PDE continued.
The organization also noted that the NSBA is attempting to intimidate parents into “submission” and “silence,” despite the fact that school board members presumably represent their constituents, who would be parents.
One of the most problematic issues includes the fact that school boards have demonstrated a remarkable lack of transparency, especially since school officials have taken measures to not only limit public commentary, but also restrict access to public meetings in the first place.
In some scenarios, official school business has been conducted via private text messages, rather than public meetings.
In addition, schools have become enraged that parents have requested more information about their curriculums through public records requests, especially given the low literacy rates and mathematical skills amongst many American students.
The PDE strongly believes more time should be allocated to core subjects, rather than highly divisive social and political issues.
“We will not be bullied,” the PDE declared, adding that they “have a constitutional right to petition … elected officials.”
In the meantime, the Biden administration has sided with the NSBA, and AG Merrick Garland recently announced that the DOJ will implement “a series of measures” designed to protect school board officials.