McConnell Cites Loudoun School Board in Letter Opposing FBI Threat Probe

The Loudoun County School Board is once again in the national spotlight.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) pointed to the embattled School Board in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, criticizing Garland’s directive that the FBI investigate threats from parents against School Board members.

“In your very backyard of Virginia, there have been shocking efforts by public officials to organize for the intimidation and harassment of parents who have the temerity to want a better education for their children,” McConnell said in the letter. “One Loudoun County School Board member participated in a Facebook group that compiled a list of parents opposed to Critical Race Theory and discussed hacking their websites. It’s a situation where legal accountability is difficult because the Loudoun County Prosecutor was also a member of the group seeking to ‘doxx’ concerned parents.”

McConnell is referencing School Board member Beth Barts (Leesburg) who is facing a removal effort in Circuit Court over her involvement in the group Anti-Racist Parents of Loudoun County, where members allegedly compiled lists of people openly opposed to the school district’s racial equity work.

The issue of violence against School Board members reached new heights when the National School Board Association asked President Joseph R. Biden for “immediate assistance” for School Board members who’ve faced threats over mask mandates and Critical Race Theory.  Following the NSBA’s request to Biden, Garland directed the FBI and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to collaborate with law enforcement agencies to address the growing trend of threats against School Boards.

Loudoun School Board members have shared on social media threats and hateful messages received from online from parents. Atoosa Reaser (Algonkian), one of five School Board members facing a removal effort, shared on her Facebook a message she received in April.

“Don’t be surprised when you low-IQ, poorly educated, and morally bankrupt pinko traitors are dragged from your beds in the middle of the night and hanged by the neck until dead by the righteously angry parents of your community,” the message said.

Last week, Michael Biron, the man who signed the removal petition representing the petitioners against Barts, sent an email to the full School Board referencing Reaser’s sharing of an article about the NSBA request. The article suggested that some parents might be considered “domestic terrorists.”

“So this monkey face is calling me a domestic terrorist?!” the email said, which included a photo of Reaser.

While the email is not signed, it matches the email address presented in documents included in a subpoena response from Barts’ attorney.

The court filings in the removal case against Barts also show dozens of emails between Biron and School Board members, ranging from sharing concerns over masking protocols, to saying to Barts, “You are pathetic, next time you send someone pictures of yourself … pick a pig.”

In response to the outrage from members of the public, School Board meetings this year have featured far more restricted access for the public. The public is not permitted to enter the boardroom during public comment. Commenters also must be either students, parents of students, or business owners in the county.

Sept. 28’s meeting saw an increased security presence, including a K-9 unit outside of the administrative offices. People entering the building were screened by security and not permitted to bring bags inside. 

9 thoughts on “McConnell Cites Loudoun School Board in Letter Opposing FBI Threat Probe

  • 2021-10-11 at 4:12 pm

    I can’t blame the feds for getting involved. Sadly, local authorities oftentimes drag their feet or turn a blind eye. I don’t feel Loudoun parents who speak out at school-board meetings are domestic terrorists. But that doesn’t give them free rein to abuse others as they please. (I’m not saying they’re doing that. But the potetial is there.) One LCSB member has received so many death threats, I stopped counting after 10. Yes, the temperature is too hot. Someone is going to get hurt. I believe the feds are acting appropriately.

    • 2021-10-12 at 9:21 am

      I think you’d be safe in saying that some of these parents act like completely unhinged people and one suspects they’d do more than just scream if they thought they’d get away with it, so yeah, you can go with domestic terrorists because they are local and they are trying to terrorize those they disagree with. Not all, as you say, but way too many…

    • 2021-10-13 at 4:53 pm

      Two children did get hurt. Sexually assaulted, actually.

  • 2021-10-11 at 6:17 pm

    School Boards’ hiding behind the Patriot Act is pure cowardice.

    I’ve read the NSBA letter to the President several times. It’s part drugstore novel and part “Big Lie.”

    This is just the next step in denying parents their natural rights to participate in the development of their children, and it dovetails with Mcauliffe’s (D) insane comments last week at the debate.

  • 2021-10-11 at 10:25 pm

    Loudoun residents have legitimate concerns. We object to students being indoctrinated with anti-white racism. We oppose lewd books being purchased with taxpayer money and put into school libraries. We expect girls’ sports to be reserved for biological girls, and we want girls’ privacy respected. We don’t want teachers to be forced to lie about anyone’s sex or lose their jobs. We don’t want teachers encouraging gender dysphoria without notifying parents. Radical leftist board members want to shut down our right to speak and steamroll over parental rights.
    The board has denied the people of Loudoun the right to express their concerns in public forum, because like McAuliff, the board doesn’t want to listen to the public. This radical leftist board cuts off speakers. They terminated the right of dozens of speakers, who’d waited hours in poor weather to talk – severely restricted to one minute – simply because people applaud good speakers. They hired armed rent-a-thugs that harassed a woman, demanding that she mask despite her medical exemption. They violated her space, denied her entry when her name was called, and then banned her from LCPS premises for “causing a disturbance” that they themselves created. People must wait outside in bad weather while the Brenda Sheridan prioritizes the virtual speakers. Atoosa Reaser wants the Justice Department to have the FBI investigate parents, who oppose radical policies despite any evidence violence. Lastly, I see in Loudoun NOW that the leftists want to restrict the right of taxpayers to talk. They don’t want taxpayers to say that the money spent on armed rent-a-cops and porn for libraries should be going to classroom teachers, or advocating to fix the first paragraph problems the board creates!

  • 2021-10-12 at 8:52 am

    These people showing up at LCPSB meetings aren’t terrorists. They are parents mortified of what is going on in public schools as a direct result of the insane policies implemented by the school board.

    Take Mr. Scott Smith who was arrested on 22 June after Mr. Ziegler declared the public meeting an unlawful assembly. He has been vilified. Did anyone ever stop to ask why Mr. Smith was so outraged at this meeting? The truth is out now but you won’t hear it on these pages. Mr. Smith’s young daughter was forcibly raped by a boy wearing a skirt in a public school bathroom. The boy was charged with at least two felonies in that incident. The board didn’t want Mr. Smith to be heard. The board doesn’t want you to know what is happening in school bathrooms.

    What else is the board covering up? Why are they preventing people from hearing about the disastrous, yet totally predictable, fallout from their insane polices?

    It is time to recall the entire board and fire Mr. Ziegler and start over. If you want your children to be safe and get an education, take them out of the public school system.

  • 2021-10-12 at 10:16 am

    Let’s review some times that “parents” and cynical politicians have directed what should be taught:
    The Earth is the Center of the Universe
    Monarchy is part of God’s plan
    Slavery is part of God’s plan
    Segregation is natural (and part of God’s plan)
    The Theory of Evolution is an evil lie and all of the Universe was created in seven days (according to God’s plan)
    Immigration is bad and we should keep out the…. Irish, Italians, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodians, Any one from Africa, Anyone from South America or Hispanic (except the Cubans – God Bless ’em).
    Inter-racial marriage is wrong and evil and (wait for it) violates God’s plan.

    • 2021-10-13 at 6:37 pm

      Let’s look at LCPS’ greatest hits:

      Teaching children that white skin is bad.
      Teaching children that having dark skin means you’re a victim.
      Denying teachers’ First Amendment rights.
      Covering up not one but TWO sexual assaults by a male student wearing girl’s clothes.
      Keeping schools closed, causing catastrophic harm to children across the county.
      Masking children, in spite of science showing it to be unnecessary.
      Pornographic and disturbing novels in the curriculum.
      SB members participating in a hateful FB group which targeted parents.

      And that’s just this year. Taken from the stories published on this website.
      But please, by all means, enjoy your fringe fiction.

  • 2021-10-18 at 6:10 am

    No, this school board does NOT have the right to this bunch of nonsense. Not in light of what they’ve tried to cover up. Oh I agree whole heatedly that the FBI should go out there, but not too investigate tax paying parents. They needed to get the Sheriff’s office straight, investigate the reason for the SINGLE meeting that went sideways and arrest every single school official involved in the original “Interrogation” of the first victim. Then, they should be banned from ever working near a school again period.
    Since some of you referring to the parents as the big bad “unhinged” boogey monsters are so pitifully uninformed, which is exactly how the school board wanted it when they write that letter, the man who was arrested is the father of a 9th grade girl who went to the girls restroom and was SODOMIZED by a boy when her pushed her into the bathroom stall. He had a woman get in his face and call his daughter a liar. Now here’s the thing, that boy didn’t sneak in that bathroom. He was ALLOWED to walk in there because these same letter writing, moronic, hysterical cry babies from the board decided to do that transgender folks can go to whichever bathroom they want. So the boy put on a skirt and yelled transgender and that’s all he had to do. THEN while that case is being “investigated”, three board decided too have the troublemaking sh*t transferred to get ANOTHER SCHOOL in the same district! From what I see, I believe that man did an absolutely stellar job in holding his temper and not cause sing actual damage. If I had been in his place, there would be a couple of those women still looking for their teeth today. The Superintendent issued an apology to those “unhinged parents” As One Comment Here Says. Also, one board member has resigned.

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