Facing threats, superintendents and school boards turn to legislature, law enforcement

An Aug. 26 school board meeting in Oregon’s North Bend School District drew large crowds to discuss a resolution opposing the indoor mask mandate and a resolution banning the teaching of critical race theory. (North Bend School District YouTube)

The North Bend School Board didn’t have anything controversial on its agenda last week, but an FBI warning prompted the directors to abandon their open session and go virtual.

They were alerted that 200 to 300 demonstrators planned to flood the meeting. Local police said they didn’t have the capacity to step in if things got unruly in a crowd that large. 

They told the district to have a plan. It was possible demonstrators would come armed and unmasked. Police officials suggested canceling the meeting.

Instead, the board took its meeting virtual . . .