A teacher in the Rosemount, Minnesota, public school system has been placed on leave after it was discovered that she wrote that some one should kill Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Late last week, the teacher who goes by the name of “Look Its Sammm” on Twitter wrote several tweets about killing the newly sworn-in Supreme Court Justice.
In one she implored someone to “take one for the team” and go “kill Kavanaugh.”
It was later learned that this teacher is one Samantha Ness, a special education teacher at Alliance Education Center in Rosemount, Minnesota.
Intermediate School District 917 Superintendent Mark Zuzek admitted that they had gotten some complaints from alarmed parents.
“Over the weekend, the district has received a complaint regarding an employee. The employee has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Pursuant with the data practices act, we are limited to providing additional information regarding this matter,” Zuzek said in a statement issued on Monday.
The Star Tribune also reported that the FBI is now investigating the incident:
A spokesman for the FBI in Minneapolis said Monday that the bureau was aware of the tweet, which read: “So whose [sic] gonna take one for the team and kill Kavanaugh?”
The paper added:
It is unclear whether the teacher will be charged with a crime or what law enforcement agency is responsible for investigating the tweet. While Twitter users wrote that they reported the tweet to the FBI and Secret Service, the U.S. Marshals Service is responsible for protecting the federal judiciary. The U.S. Supreme Court also has a small federal police force in Washington, D.C.
The paper also noted that the Minnesota Attorney General has already prosecuted people for similar offenses:
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minnesota has prosecuted at least two people in recent years for making threats against federal district court judges in the state. Last month, jurors convicted former Hopkins mayoral candidate Robert Philip Ivers with threatening to kill a federal judge overseeing a civil suit he brought. Meanwhile, Khaalid Abdulkadir is serving a term of probation after tweeting death threats against a federal judge and agents in 2015.
She deserves what is coming to her, in any case.
But it is all yet another reminder of what is going on in our system of public (mis)education.
This teacher has now “voluntarily resigned” from her position as a Rosemount teacher.
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