AG Merrick Garland has issued memo declaring that the FBI will work with U.S. attorneys and federal, state and local authorities to develop strategies to combat what he called “a disturbing spike” in violent threats facing schools.
The trend was highlighted in a Sept. 29 letter from the NSBA to President Joe Biden requesting federal assistance to investigate mounting threats and crimes against educators and school officials.
The Justice Department also issued a statement saying it would launch efforts to address criminal conduct and would pursue strategies to assist with threats that wouldn’t be considered federal crimes.
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[Editors note: This story has been updated to more accurately reflect the facts. An earlier version of this story mistakenly referred to the memo as targeting parents who oppose critical race theory. This has now been removed.]