Previously unpublished emails among members of the National School Board Association prove the White House knew about the letter eventually sent which called parents objecting at school board meetings around the country could be considered “a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”
In the infamous letter, which references Turning Point USA, sent to President Biden on September 29, the NSBA “respectfully asks for federal law enforcement and other assistance requested federal assistance to deal with the growing number of threats of violence and acts of intimidation occurring across the nation.”
The letter prompted an immediate and controversial response from Attorney General Merrick Garland, who created a special FBI and Justice Department task force to investigate, interrogate and prosecute alleged crimes committed by the parents.
The emails were obtained by Parents Defending Education through public records requests. They were then reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon which reported the NSBA’s president and CEO sent the letter to Biden “without approval from the organization’s board.”
One NSBA director from the Central Region wrote in an email that the letter to Biden had “reawakened hostilities” that were just beginning to subside. “Many of us have been put in a position now of explaining or defending this action of our association as we are asked by members of our community if we consider them domestic terrorists for showing up to our meetings and expressing their opinions” wrote John W. Halkias.
Washington Free Beacon reports of the emails discussing the White House:
Viola Garcia, the president of the association, and Chip Slaven, the CEO, disclosed in other emails to the board that they had been in consultation with the White House and the Department of Education regarding an alleged rise in cases of irate parents showing up to school board meetings.
Slaven wrote on Sept. 29 that he and Garcia sent their letter to Biden “concerning threats to public schools and school board members.” He said that “in talks over the last several weeks with White House staff,” the administration had “requested additional information on some of the specific threats.”
“So the letter also details many of the incidents that have been occurring,” Slaven wrote.
Garcia wrote in an email to the board on Oct. 2 that the association had been engaged with the White House and Education Department “for several weeks” on the school board protests.
“We felt compelled to say something when we started hearing about the threats, harassment, and acts of intimidation at school board meetings,” she wrote.