The National School Boards Association apologized Friday night for a letter in which it said that parents who spoke out at school board meetings could be likened to “domestic terrorists.”
“On behalf of NSBA, we regret and apologize for the letter,” the organization said, admitting that “there was no justification for some of the language included in the letter.”
The letter led to Attorney General Merrick Garland issuing a memo that instructed the FBI to form a task force to investigate threats and violent behavior of parents in objection to their schools’ curriculum or policies.
Garland said at a judiciary hearing in front of Congress last week that he only wanted violent threats reported, and was not looking to call parents domestic terrorists.
The “Justice Department supports and defends the First Amendment right of parents to complain as vociferously as they wish about the education of their children, about the curriculum taught in the schools,” Garland said. “That is not what the memorandum is about at all, nor does it use the words ‘domestic terrorism’ or ‘PATRIOT Act.'”
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