Letter: Response to ‘First Amendment rights’

Published: 10/25/2021 7:00:09 AM

In response to Louise Andrus’ letter (Monitor, 10/16) claiming that the National School Board Association had written to the DOJ asking AG Garland to stop parents from voicing their concerns at school board meetings, I would suggest that she stop getting news from whatever source she has been using as it is not accurate. The letter from the NSBA to the DOJ in no way suggests that speech be curtailed.

I read the letter. It’s only six pages and it asks the DOJ to help curtail the violent rhetoric and actual threats that teachers, administrators and school board members and their families have been getting on a daily basis as they try to implement safety protocols in their schools. The letter cites numerous examples of threats shouted at school boards such as “I know where you live.” The First Amendment allows one to say a great many things and allows even the most vile of opinions to be held, but threats of violence are not protected speech and a simple Google search of “threats at school board meeting videos” will pull up example after example of what the NSBA letter refers to.

Eric Weiner



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