“This is a movement that’s been born online, so it’s not so much that these activists are moving online too much because they’re shifting their focus from schools to teachers and librarians,” says Friedman. “And it won’t stop there.”
Vera has seen firsthand the impact of this. She said that in the week since the Pride book event, she has been attacked by threatening messages and phone calls on Facebook. In an effort to protect herself, she has now brought Mace with her and has installed security cameras in her home.
Other conservative groups are also monitoring teachers’ social media accounts. Moms for Liberty and its affiliate group, Moms for Libraries, have been involved in this type of oversight and have also started distribute “books towards freedom” with conservative publisher Brave Books, the company claims to “empower this young generation with conservative values” while “glorifying God in all we do”.
The Leadership Institute is another conservative group that has justified this tactic. Matthew Hurtt, director of graduate relations at the Leadership Institute, said: “Anyone who steps into public speaking on social media is presenting their personal or political views to the public. everyone watch. “If teachers, administrators, and elected officials endorse opposing views on social media, chances are they are espousing those views in the classroom or in school board meetings. .”