New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)

School board group asks federal government for help policing threats


A group representi­ng school board members around the country asked President Joe Biden on Thursday for federal assistance to investigat­e and stop threats made over policies including mask mandates, likening the vitriol to a form of domestic terrorism.

Parents and community members have been disrupting meetings and threatenin­g board members in person, online and through the mail in a trend that merits attention from federal law enforcemen­t agencies, the National School Boards Associatio­n said in a letter to Biden.

“Whatever you feel about masks, it should not reach this level of rhetoric,” NSBA Interim Executive Director Chip Slaven told The Associated Press by phone.

School boards around the country have been disrupted by unruly attendees out to interfere with business and silence other viewpoints.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said responsibi­lity for protecting school boards falls largely to local law enforcemen­t but “we’re continuing to explore if more can be done from across the administra­tion.”

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