Minnesota special-needs teacher resigns after tweeting request to ‘kill Kavanaugh’
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ROSEMOUNT, Minnesota, October 9, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A special-needs teacher in Minnesota has resigned after tweeting a call for someone to murder newly-minted Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The Senate voted 50-48 on Saturday to confirm Kavanaugh after a bitter three-month battle over his abortion views and unsubstantiated, last-minute allegations of sexual assault. The same day, a woman identified by the Washington Times and other media outlets as Samantha Ness asked on Twitter, “So whose [sic] gonna take one for the team and kill Kavanaugh?”
Ness, a teacher at Intermediate School District 917’s Alliance Education Center in Rosemount, later deleted all of her social media accounts, but the threatening tweet has been archived and preserved in screenshots.
Tweets from a Minnesota special education teacher calling for someone to kill Justice Kavanaugh. pic.twitter.com/HdtcVtRqLd— Beth Baumann (@eb454) October 8, 2018
According to the district’s website, the center teaches students anywhere from ages 5-21 who suffer from autism, developmental cognitive disabilities, emotional behavior disorders, and other disabilities, giving them an “opportunity to work on academics as well as functional, transition, and social skills.”
The school district quickly placed Ness on administrative leave and the FBI has confirmed it’s investigating the incident, ABC affiliate KSTP reports. The Dakota County Sheriff’s Department is not involved because the tweet was sent from an address outside of its jurisdiction. On Tuesday, Fox affiliate KMSP reported that Ness opted to resign rather than wait for the district to make a decision about her teaching license.
“On Sunday, October 7, 2018, the district began receiving complaints regarding an employee. The actions of the employee did not occur at school, and there were no school devices, equipment, or other school staff involved in the actions. At no time were students or staff in danger,” superintendent Mark Zuzek said in a statement on Intermediate #917’s website. “Pursuant with the Minnesota Data Practices Act, we are limited to providing additional information regarding this matter.”
Ness has not issued a statement on her actions, but Heavy.com reports she was unrepentant in one of her final tweets Monday. “Being called a fat ugly c**t by a random guy on Twitter is probably the highlight of my entire life,” she said.
This is not the first high-profile threat from a left-wing opponent of Kavanaugh.
Georgetown University recently took security studies professor Christine Fair out of the classroom and put her on “research leave” after she tweeted that Kavanaugh’s defenders “deserve miserable deaths while feminists laugh as they take their last gasps.” Last month, the Antifa branch Smash Racism DC tweeted to Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, and others that “you can't eat in peace [...] You're [sic] votes are a death wish [...] You are not safe. We will find you.”
Google design lead Dave Hogue didn’t wish death on Republicans in his weekend tweetstorm, but he did wish damnation on them: “I hope the last images burned into your slimy, evil, treasonous retinas are millions of women laughing and clapping and celebrating as your souls descend into the flames.”
The past year has seen an uptick in left-wing harassment, epitomized by California Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters’ infamous threat that Trump administration officials “won’t be able to go to a restaurant, they won’t be able to stop at a gas station, they’re not going to be able to shop at a department store.” Recently, anti-Kavanaugh protesters chased and screamed at multiple GOP lawmakers passing through Reagan National Airport.