On Oct. 4, Merrick Garland issued a memorandum announcing: "The Justice Department will launch a series of additional efforts in the coming days designed to address the rise in criminal conduct directed toward school personnel."
The response by the DOJ was driven by an earlier letter addressed by the National School Boards Association on Sept. 2 asking for the Biden administration to use the weight of the federal government in retribution against these angry parents showing up to school board meetings.
The NSBA announced Biden has to use "the PATRIOT act" against parents on the grounds of it qualifying as "domestic terrorism."
This letter from the AGs states that the failings by the NSBA letter provide examples of any "legitimate instance of violence," continuing that each and every of the fifty states in the USA is competent enough to manage such cases if they ever arrived. All that the NSBA could give were disorderly conduct matters.
(They do say, though, how the Biden administration has failed to bring the rebels from Summer 2020 to justice and worked to deter such behavior from a policy standpoint.)
What bothers these Attorneys General is how Merrick Garland's DOJ amplified the noise of the NSBA letter.
"The Oct. 4, 2021 Memorandum repeats the canard that 'there has been a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff,'" they wrote in bold.
When it comes to Garland's memorandum, the attorneys general say Garland is operating under a "flawed premise" and, by throwing down the gauntlet as his department has done, it's an act of intimidation working against "the First Amendment rights of parents to address school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff on educational matters by seeking to criminalize lawful dissent and intimidate parents into silence."
The letter continues to say that Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco failed to completely defend the veracity of the DOJ memo when examined by Senators Hawley and Cotton.
The message is signed by the AGs of the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.