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DeSantis says he’ll try to thwart FBI investigations of parents threatening school officials in Florida

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Gov. Ron DeSantis held a press conference in Titusville on Wednesday. Image: DeSantis via Facebook

Gov. Ron DeSantis visited Brevard County Wednesday to make it clear he doesn’t want the FBI investigating threats against school officials in Florida.

The county is getting national attention after a School Board member Jennifer Jenkins, who supported a mask mandate, described her experience of repeated confrontations at her home, threats and a falsified abuse report.

DeSantis says local law enforcement can handle any complaints and that the Justice Department is trying to silence parents.

“We’re not going to be cooperating with any types of federal investigations into parents,” he said during the press conference in Titusville. “And we’ll do whatever we can to thwart such investigations.”

In a memo earlier this month, Attorney General Merrick Garland addressed threats of violence to school officials around the country. He said spirited debate is constitutionally protected but not threats and intimidation.

He said there would be meetings with local and state agencies. DeSantis says those haven’t happened in Florida.

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Joe Byrnes came to WMFE/WMFV from the Ocala Star-Banner and The Gainesville Sun, where he worked as a reporter and editor for several years. Joe graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans and turned to journalism after teaching. He enjoys freshwater fishing and family gatherings.