The 2022 “Idaho Threat Assessment Conference” will take place in June 2022, and one of the topics includes “Right-wing Extremists.”
Idaho Dispatch was sent a flyer by a source who did not wish to be named at this time. The event is being put on by Boise State University and the Boise Police Department.
An email was also sent out with the flyer by Tara Biddle, an Administrative Assistant with the State Board of Education that contained the flyer. The email went to state school administrators and School Resource Officers.
In the description of the flyer for topics to be covered was the following paragraph (emphasis added by Idaho Dispatch),
2022 ITAC will open with a presentation from Investigator Stacy Galbraith and Capt. Edna Hendershot, the two detectives who worked on the serial rape investigation that inspired the Pulitzer-Prize winning article “An Unbelievable Story of Rape” and the Netflix series “Unbelievable”. The conference will also include session topics on Juvenile Subjects in the Planning Stages of Mass Attacks, Violent Rhetoric and Radicalization, Right-wing Extremists, K-12 Mental Health, Ethics in Threat Management, The Rigby, Idaho School Shooting Debrief, and A Debrief of the Boise Mall Attack.
The individual who sent Idaho Dispatch the flyer said they were frustrated that the topic wasn’t just extremism overall, rather than just extremism from any side.
An Idaho lawmaker had also contacted Idaho Dispatch about the issue and had the same question about why extremism on both sides would not be covered in the event.
Idaho Dispatch reached out to both B.S.U. and Boise P.D. for comment on why only one side was mentioned in the description. Neither organization has replied to our request at this time.
While writing this article, Idaho Dispatch was made aware of a post on Facebook from Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin regarding the issue. Here is what McGeachin posted,
It has come to my attention that the State Board of Education has been circulating this 2022 Idaho Threat Assessment Conference flyer. It is concerning to me due to the language used in the flyer regarding “right-wing extremism.” I have submitted several questions to the SBOE regarding the definition of right-wing extremism and hope to get to the bottom of this issue.
This is an ongoing story, and Idaho Dispatch will post new updates as they become available.
Tags: Boise Police Department, Boise State University, Right-wing Extremists