‘The employee has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) A Minnesota teacher has been suspended after posting a tweet Saturday encouraging the death of the new U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The special education teacher works in Rosemount, Minnesota schools, and tweeted: “So whose [sic] gonna take one for the team and kill Kavanaugh?” after the Justice was confirmed.
Independent School District 917 Superintendent Mark Zuzek said the district received several complaints about the tweet, according to CBS Minnesota.
“The employee has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation,” Zuzek said in a statement. “Pursuant with the data practices act, we are limited to providing additional information regarding this matter.”
The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI both confirmed they were aware of the tweet, but the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that it was not “currently investigating any incidents we believe to have happened at the school,” reported the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
The teacher faced heavy backlash online, with many users saying the teacher should be charged for attempting to incite violence against a federal judge.
“That’s messed up,” Rosemount resident Matt Bleuw said of the tweet. “I don’t think you should be inciting violence because someone might actually do it.”
“Being a teacher is even worse because people look up to her and she said some messed up stuff, so I think it’s wrong,” Bleuw said.
The teacher deleted her Twitter account and the school district has not commented extensively on what it plans to do moving forward.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minnesota has, however, prosecuted at least two people in recent years for threatening federal district court judges in the state, according to the Star Tribune.
Just last month, a jury convicted former Hopkins, Minn. mayoral candidate Robert Ivers for threatening to kill a federal judge who presided over a civil suit Ivers was involved in.
And another Minnesota resident, Khaalid Abdulkadir, is still on probation after tweeting death threats to a federal judge in 2015.