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U.S. attorney general looks into threats against school boards, teachers

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland is directing the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s offices to meet with local law enforcement agencies to discuss strategies to address an increase in violence and harassment of school officials, teachers and staff, according to NPR.

The National School Boards Association wrote a six-page letter to President Biden last week, showing an increase in threats and acts of violence at school board meetings in several states, including California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Texas and Virginia. Most of the violence was related to school mask mandates.

Garland is also calling for a task force to determine how federal law enforcement can prosecute such crimes, and training and guidance for school boards and administrators on how to identify threats and report to law enforcement.