In October, the National School Boards Association labeled parents ‘domestic terrorists’ in a letter to President Biden’s administration. The letter stated that federal law enforcement authorities should ’employ the full array of tools at their disposal’, including the Patriot Act, against these perpetrators of “domestic terrorism.” Shortly after, failed Supreme Court nominee and Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a memo to the FBI laying out “a series of measures designed to address the rise in criminal conduct directed toward school personnel”.
We are beginning to see how this will play out, as two fathers were arrested this week in Texas for opposing mask mandates in school. The fathers also spoke out against the school board for considering appointing someone under criminal investigation to be Superintendent. FOX News Reports–
“Two Texas fathers who got arrested for allegedly disturbing meetings of the Round Rock Independent School District school board told Fox News they ultimately blame the school board and Superintendent Hafedh Azaiez for the arrests.
The fathers characterized the actions as an effort to “intimidate” them into silence. The school board president disputed their claims.
“I believe I was arrested on 9/17/21 to intimidate me and other parents and community members from continuing to speak out against the superintendent and five of the school board members,” Dustin Clark, a father of four children in public schools who began speaking out at school board meetings virtually in April, told Fox News.”
The two fathers were arrested back in September and have still not been given court dates.
Hafedh Azaiez, a candidate for Superintendent, was hired on a 5-2 vote despite being investigated for domestic charges and a troubled past, including using the police to allegedly silence a 68 year-old grandmother. The Travis County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed it has an active investigation into Azaiez for alleged assault.