Garland launches effort to address school threats

In a one-page memo dated Oct. 4, U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland has directed the FBI and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to meet with law enforcement nationwide to “facilitate the discussion of strategies for addressing threats against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff” within 30 days.

“Those who dedicate their time and energy to ensuring that our children receive a proper education in a safe environment deserve to be able to do their work without fear for their safety,” he wrote.

Garland’s memo follows a Sept. 29 letter from the National School Boards Association addressed to President Joe Biden that opens by saying, “America’s public schools and its education leaders are under an immediate threat.” The six-page NSBA letter goes on to mention New Jersey as one of the states where “anti-mask proponents are inciting chaos during board meetings.”

NPR’s Rachel Treisman has more.