Recently, Attorney General Garland threatened parents of school aged children for asserting themselves at school board meetings. Most people thought it was a joke, perhaps from the Onion. But it was not a joke. The U.S. AG was threatening parents as if they were terrorists. Everyone recognizes that this is ridiculous on its face.
The question that arises is whether anything is going to come of the AG's threat against parents. I predict that there will be very little of substance done in follow up to the letter. Most likely, the AG is trying to threaten parents for political purposes. I believe that the AG wants to scare parents from objecting at school board meetings. He wants to remove the pressure being applied to school boards.
The AG is out of line. If there are any serious threats to school boards, or violence or brawls at school board meetings, then local law enforcement can readily address that issue. Providing security at raucous school board meetings is not the responsibility of the U.S. Attorney General. He has better things to do than police local disputes.
The AG could also be said to have violated the freedom of speech. His threat could be considered as having a chilling effect on the exercise of free speech at school board meetings where some parents choose not to speak or not to attend because they might be targeted by the Federal Government for terrorist enforcement actions.
I urge parents to ignore the U.S. AG and continue voicing your opinion at school board meetings. In fact, I think parents should double down on school boards and show that we are not going to back down in the face of any threats from the Federal Government, and we are going to take back control over our children's education. Crazy school boards and irresponsible teacher's unions have had a detrimental effect on our children's education for too many years. We need to push back and take back full control. The U.S. AG and his minions can go fly a kite.