Oklahoma AG Joins 17 States to Condemn DOJ Targeting School Board Meetings

The attorneys general of 17 U.S. states have formed a coalition denouncing the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI for attempting to “chill lawful dissent by parents voiced during local school board meetings.”

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita and 16 other state chief legal officers signed a letter to President Joe Biden on Monday, blasting the president over an October 4 DOJ memo directing the FBI to investigate and potentially crack down on “a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence” at local school board meetings. Rokita’s letter was cosigned by the attorneys general of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.

The state attorneys general accused the Biden administration of targeting parents with the memo and attempting to chill criticism of progressive school curriculum and strict COVID policies such as school mask mandates. The joint letter states that the DOJ memo violates parents’ First Amendment and 14th Amendment rights by suppressing free speech and unduly interfering in a parent’s right to raise his child.

The attorneys general also picked apart a September 30 letter by the National School Boards Association (NSBA) pushing the Biden administration to order federal agents to get involved in local school board meetings where the alleged threats are happening. In a much-criticized portion of the NSBA letter, the association called on Biden to invoke the Patriot Act over “acts of malice, violence and threats against public school officials” that “could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”

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