How the FBI’s new “tiger mom” scheme exposed teachers in the classroom
A class of elementary school teachers has been exposed as part of the FBI ‘s new “zero tolerance” policy.
The teachers were part of a “special education” program that allowed the FBI to secretly videotape them as they interacted with students and staff.
The undercover agents posed as the school’s school administrators, teachers, and school resource officers, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post and The Associated Press.
They even made their own school lunch.
They filmed the teachers using a “mobile classroom.”
It’s not clear how many of the teachers were exposed, but one teacher, who asked not to be named, told the AP the agents used the program “without a permit or permission from anyone in authority.”
The teachers’ parents, who had signed contracts to have their children work in the program, also became targets.
The Associated School Boards Association says more than 100 of its members have been subjected to the surveillance program.
“This has happened before, in a school, but not to teachers, because it is not about the teachers,” said Karen Smith, the association’s executive director.
“It’s about the students and their parents.”
The new “special-education” surveillance program was put into place last year and expanded in 2018, but the FBI claims that it is only for “teachers with disabilities,” which is why some of the surveillance videos are missing from the public domain.
It’s unclear how many teachers were targeted.
A spokesperson for the FBI declined to comment, and the department did not respond to questions.
But the agency says it has expanded the program to “other types of employees with disabilities” in the past.
The AP has contacted the FBI for more information about the surveillance, but it has not received a response.
The FBI did not return a request for comment.