TN Lawmaker Calls on FBI to Investigate Violence Against Teachers and Education Officials | WJHL

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – Due to a worrying spike in harassment, intimidation and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers and staff, the Department of Justice has said he was committing new resources to eradicate it.

Tennessee has been the center of national news at times during the pandemic.

As students returned to in-person learning with envisioned COVID-19 protocols, the focus was increasingly on local school boards, with some ending in threats.

Rep. Vincent Dixie (D-Nashville) says he welcomes the investigations by US Attorney General Merrick Garland.

“First of all, let’s think about this,” he said. “People are threatening teachers to do their jobs by trying to protect their children to prevent their children from contracting an infectious disease. “

Dixie says he would like the department to quickly take a top-down look at who is behind the rising threats.

“I think the FBI already has a lot of documentation on high-profile incidents with cellphones, we’ve seen it all over social media, so there should be quick action,” Dixie said.

In eastern Tennessee, a school anti-masking group called on community members to shut down the neighborhood and block entrances to schools.

“Well we’ll have to see what he wants to investigate, but if he wants to protest and riot, maybe he should go after some of them in other states,” said Cameron Sexton.

The speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives said the attorney general should not use politics to prosecute innocent people.

“You have the right to voice your opinion in the United States the last time I checked, and I haven’t seen it get harsh like it did in the riots in Seattle, Oregon and other places, ”Sexton said.

Governor Bill Lee has avoided questions about the latest Justice Department initiative.

The attorney general has instructed every attorney general in the United States to call meetings with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies within 30 days to deal with the threats.

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