OPINION | This article contains opinion. Savage Takes is licensed to publish this content.
Parents across the nation have begun speaking up for their children who suffer in public schools from overly restrictive coronavirus-related policies.
Many parents have opposed school mandates, such as mask mandates, and controversial ideologies pushed on children, such as “Critical Race Theory.”
A threatening letter by Viola Garcia accused these parents of committing “hate crimes” and “domestic terrorism.”
Garcia is the president of the National School Boards Association (NSBA).
She isn’t happy that parents have the gall to speak up at their local school board meetings.
Garcia hilariously claims it’s threatening and intimidating.
427,000 parents promptly responded, PJ Media reports.
“Leaders of almost two dozen parent organizations fired back with a scathing letter of their own and it is epic,” the report added.
Here’s what the letter said via PJ Media:
The letter, written on behalf of members of several parent organizations, made clear that the NSBA’s claims of “hate” and “terrorism” were shameful:
NSBA cites a tiny number of minor incidents in order to insinuate that parents who are criticizing and protesting the decisions of school boards are engaging in, or may be engaging in, “domestic terrorism and hate crimes.” NSBA even invokes the PATRIOT Act. The association of legitimate protest with terrorism and violence reveals both your contempt for parents and your unwillingness to understand and hear the sincere cries of parents on behalf of their children. To equate parents with terrorists dishonors the thousands of victims of actual terrorism around the world. Have you no shame?
The parent organizations pointed out that the NSBA’s call for the federal government to use its power against parents was in itself a menacing and “thinly veiled threat, intended to intimidate into silence and submission the very constituents that [the NSBA] members ostensibly represent.” I mean, what else would you call asking the president to sic the Department of Justice, the FBI, Homeland Security, the Secret Service Assessment Center, and the Postal Service on America’s parents?
By contrast, America’s parent organizations “unequivocally oppose violence” and are made up of, not “domestic terrorists,” but “concerned citizens who care deeply about their community’s children – and who are concerned by the direction that America’s schools have taken.” It’s no secret many parents across the country are angry with what is happening (or not happening) in our taxpayer-funded schools:
Citizens are angry that school boards and school officials around the country are restricting access to public meetings, limiting public comment, and in some cases conducting business via text messages in violation of state open meetings laws.
They are angry that schools are charging them thousands of dollars in public records requests to view curriculum and training materials that impact their children and that should be open to the public by default.