The National School Board Association Apologizes for Its Part in the Merrick Garland ‘Domestic Terrorist’ Letter

Posted by on October 23, 2021 3:04 am

The National School Board Association (NSBA) has released a statement apologizing for its part in labeling parents at school board protests “domestic terrorists” who should be investigated by the FBI. The full statement below apologizes for “some of the language included in the letter.”

As you all know, there has been extensive media and other attention recently around our letter to President Biden regarding threats and acts of violence against school board members. We wanted to write to you directly to address the matter.

On behalf of NSBA, we regret and apologize for the letter. To be clear, the safety of school board members, other public school officials and educators, and students is our top priority, and there remains important work to be done on this issue. However, there was no justification for some of the language included in the letter. We should have had a better process in place to allow for consultation on communication of this significance. We apologize also for the strain and stress this situation has caused you and your organizations.

A FOIA request exposed the coordination between the NSBA and the White House on a letter calling parents “domestic terrorists”:

This comes one day after explosive testimony by Attorney General Merrick Garland:

Rep. Jim Jordan ripped into Attorney General Merrick Garland during a House Judiciary Committee hearing

He called Garland out on the National School Board Association’s directive inferring that parents are “domestic terrorists” and then Garland’s memo calling on the FBI to investigate.

Jordan: “Did you discuss it with the White House”

Garland: “I did not… The WH is perfectly appropriately concerned about violence.”

Jordan: Did you or anyone at DOJ help the NSBA write the letter. Garland: I did not and I don’t know.

Jordan: “Will FBI agents be attending local school board meetings?”

Garland: No.

Jordan: You said you’re not treating parents as domestic terrorists but the DOJ press release accompanying your memo says the national security division will be targeting school board meetings.

Stephen Miller called Garland’s comments “disturbing”: