The United States Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security, including the Secret Service, are being proposed to assist schools under threat for implementing Covid-19 protocols.
Florida is part of over five states where the schooling system will see the federal government step in to aid against threats that have been sent to school boards for mandating Covid-19 masks.
Attorney-General Merrick Garland says there is a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators.
As such, AG Garland wants the FBI to work with other U.S. attorneys and federal + local, territorial and tribal authorities in each district to develop strategies against the threats.
Background on why the federal government is stepping in to quell the fire
Board members, teachers, staff, and pupils who ensure the flow of learning have reportedly been targeted due to coronavirus protocols that they have been mandated at schools.
This has left the Federal government worried about how they can assist, seeing as there have been complaints by schools and schools requesting some assistance.
These are the threats that have been reported to the federal government:
- School clerks are receiving hate mails, this range from emails, hardcopy letters and notes.
- Angry anti-vaccination mobs have been appearing at school board meetings to protest Covid-19 restrictions.
- Threats and harassment to school workers, both online and in-person, have skyrocketed.
- Constant cause of the chaos that is meant to disrupt the public schooling hours.
- Schools have become a culture war battlefield.
- A rift is being created between the school management board, the parents, pupils, and the communities they serve.
The United States policy matters protected under the Constitution say that each state is responsible for what goes on in the states, especially regarding the education sector.
However, that protection does not extend to threats of violence or efforts to intimidate people. Hence the federal government is assisting schools.
Different associations representing school boards asked the federal government to investigate cases where threats or any violence imposed on school workers could be handled as violations of federal laws protecting civil rights.
Why did some districts even insist on mandating these Covid protocols in the first place?
At the beginning of the school terms, thousands of pupils across Florida were forced to quarantine following a spike in positive Covid-19 cases.
This increase in Covid-19 cases among children was attributed to kids' return to school, and there were no protocols to follow.
Several schools in the state had to shut down to allow school workers and the school board to find ways to help manage and prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
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The majority of the schools even moved to classes online to be on the safe side, and recently, some began resuming in-person learning activities.
Various school boards moved to implement stringent Covid-19 protocols to not have a repetition of what had happened.
The only problem with this is that Governor DeSantis has banned masks and Covid-19 vaccines mandates in Florida.
Some republications and Anti-Vaxxers took this severe and started targeting school boards and bullying them online and in person.
These federal departments, courtesy of the White House, are being tabled to help monitor threat levels and assess risks to students, educators, board members and school buildings.
Attorney-General Garland said the department of justice would be using its authority and resources to discourage these threats.
The department is working on measures designed to address the rise in criminal conduct directed toward school staff. The prosecution will take place when appropriate.
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