The National School Boards Association reversed course on Friday and apologized for their controversial letter calling on President Joe Biden to have parents investigated as "domestic terrorists."
The letter from the NSBA claimed that school board members were under "immediate threat" of violence by protesting parents and was immediately assailed by critics as government overreach and intimidation.
On Friday, the NSBA apologized.
"As you all know, there has been extensive media and other attention recently around our letter to President Biden regarding threats and acts of violence against school board members," the statement began.
"On behalf of NSBA, we regret and apologize for the letter. To be clear, the safety of school board members, other public school officials and educators, and students is our top priority, and there remains important work to be done on this issue," the statement continued.
"However, there was no justification for some of the language included in the letter. We should have had a better process in place to allow for consultation on a communication of this significance," the organization added.
While the apology did not specify what language was unjustified in the original letter, it was likely this section:
"As these acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials have increased, the classification of these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes."
Critics accused the effort of being an attempt to intimidate parents against protesting against vaccine mandates, mask mandates, critical race theory, and transgender bathroom controversies at public schools.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland had responded to the letter by announcing that the FBI would be investigating any threat of intimidation against school board members.
The newer statement went on to claim that the NSBA "deeply valued" the voices of the parents that they had previously referred to as "domestic terrorists."
They also said the organization would conduct an internal review of the processes and procedures that led to the creation of the controversial letter.
Here's more about the controversial NSBA letter:
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