Indiana, Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah have all signed on to the lawsuit, according to Fox News Digital.
The National School Boards Association sent a letter to the White House on Sept. 29 requesting federal assistance to deal with “threats of violence” against school board officials that the organization likened to “a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.” The NSBA also asked that the federal government use the Patriot Act to prevent alleged threats of violence at school board meetings.
The NSBA has since apologized for the language used in its letter.
And emails obtained in January by nonprofit group Parents Defending Education revealed that Education Secretary Miguel Cardona solicited the NSBA’s letter. Yet, the Department of Education denies that Cardona had asked for the letter.
Just days after the NSBA sent its letter to the White House, Garland issued a memo on Oct. 4 directing the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to “address threats against school administrators, board members, teachers and staff.”