The Idaho State Board of Education has responded to questions from Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin about the Idaho Threat Assessment Conference taking place in June.
Idaho Dispatch wrote about the conference recently after a lawmaker, a school administrator, and McGeachin had concerns about the event. In particular, the flyer that the SBOE sent out mentioned that one of the topics was “right-wing extremism” but did not include “left-wing extremism.”
The event is being put on by Boise State University and the Boise Police Department.
Idaho Dispatch reached out to BSU and BPD for comment but did not receive one at the time of our original article’s publication. However, Mike Sharp, the Director of Communications at BSU, told Idaho Dispatch he would get us a response.
Sharp sent an email on February 2 with the SBOE’s response to McGeachin, which answered her questions about the conference, including the extremism portion. Here is what the memo says in part,
Although there is no universally accepted definition of right-wing or left-wing extremism, “right-wing extremism” is not singled out at the conference. “Left-wing” extremism will also be a topic at the conference. One presenter will discuss extremist groups from both ends of the political spectrum. His presentation speaks to violence motivated by intense hostile partisanship and how it leads to the development of extreme beliefs and violent acts based on those beliefs. Another one of the presenter’s research and expertise is on violent extremism, and focuses not on politics, but on the elements leading to violent criminal behavior.
You can see the entire reply by SBOE in the images below:
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