The FBI reportedly created “threat tags” to monitor risks for school officials. The idea for the tracking system came from Attorney General Merrick Garland’s request that the agency intervene in school board battles.
The New York Post reports:
The email, dated Oct. 20, was released Tuesday by House Judiciary Committee Republicans, who said the missive was proof that federal counterterrorism was being deployed against parents at school board meetings.
The email, which House Republicans said came from a whistleblower, showed the creation of the tag “EDUOFFICIALS” to track related threats.
“We ask that your offices apply the threat tag to investigations and assessments of threats specifically directed against school board administrators, board members, teachers, and staff,” the email to the Criminal Investigative and Counterterrorism divisions says.
“The purpose of the threat tag is to help scope this threat on a national level and provide an opportunity for comprehensive analysis of the threat picture for effective engagement with law enforcement partners at all levels.”
Garland’s orders directing the FBI to probe school board threats came after a Sept. 29 letter from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) to the White House. In it, the NSBA requested assistance from federal law enforcement agencies to stop “acts of malice, violence and threats against public school officials.”