Department of Justice Publishes Statement on Violent Threats Against School Officials and Teachers
This week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced actions taken by Attorney General Merrick Garland to address the rise in violent threats made against school officials and teachers. Garland has directed the FBI and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to meet in the next month with federal, state, Tribal, territorial, and local law enforcement leaders to create and enforce a strategy to protect teachers from criminal conduct.
The DOJ will create a task force to determine the use of federal enforcement tools to prosecute such crimes and will create specialized training for school boards and administrators to teach what behavior constitutes a threat. The rise in threats has been prompted by COVID-19 responses in schools, including masking regulations; students with disabilities are central to many of the masking debates in schools.