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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy took aim at a new Justice Department policy aimed at cracking down on alleged “threats of violence” against school officials, saying it was part of an effort by Democrats to muzzle parents. Was.

“President Biden’s latest decision is part of a disturbing trend in the Democrat Party to silence parents,” McCarthy said on Twitter on Tuesday. “We should encourage family participation in our schools, not baselessly attack opposing views because left-wing groups want control over the curriculum.”

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The issue is a new DOJ effort to counter the perceived increase in violence and threats directed at school boards and other school officials. Many parents are attending meetings across the country to express their displeasure over the COVID-19 restrictions and the use of critical race theory in the curriculum.

DOJ launches effort to deal with threats of violence against school officials

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“Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they are contrary to the core values ​​of our nation,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said. said about the effort in a statement announcing the effort on Monday. “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 jobs without any fear for their safety.”

Garland directed federal law enforcement agencies to work with state and local law enforcement to discuss the “disturbing trend” of harassment directed at school officials.

But in a statement Tuesday, McCarthy Accused Democrats of its own being guilty of “disturbing tendencies,” arguing that the new DOJ effort was “an attempt to silence parents from having a say in their children’s education.”

“We saw it last week when Virginia Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe said parents shouldn’t have a say in what their own children are taught, and it continued this week when the Biden administration continues to address parents with concerns. Labeling and giving dissenting opinions as domestic terrorists,” McCarthy said.

California Republicans also argued that parents should be encouraged to participate in the public school system.

“Parents have a fundamental right to be legally involved in their children’s education,” McCarthy said. “We should encourage family participation in our school systems, not baselessly attack opposing views because some liberal education officials and special interest groups see this as a threat to the power that children hold America’s power. learn in classes.”

McCarthy said Congressional Republicans would “seeking answers” from the administration on the new policy.