A local special education teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave after soliciting the assassination of newly appointed Justice Brett Kavanaugh on social media.
Samantha Ness, a teacher at Alliance Education Center in Rosemount, faced instant backlash after threatening Kavanaugh on Twitter over the weekend.
“So whose [sic] gonna take one for the team and kill Kavanaugh?” Ness tweeted.
Twitter uses were quick to call out the concerning tweet and identify Ness as a local teacher with Intermediate District 917 which offers students needing “low incidence special education services” to member school districts in the southeastern Twin Cities area.
According to the staff directory, Ness works the district’s Students With Unique Needs (SUN) program. The program works with students with autism spectrum disorders, developmental cognitive disabilities, and emotional behavior disorders.
Shortly after being called out on the threat, Ness deleted the tweet and attempted to scrub her social media footprint, de-activating both her Twitter and Facebook. However, a plethora of screenshots remain from social media users, including a web archive of her post.
The school responded to the uproar on Monday. Superintendent Mark Zuzek released a statement indicating the school was investigating the situation, saying the employee had been placed on paid administrative leave.
South Twin Cities school districts have been having a run of bad luck lately.
Earlier this school year the football marching band in neighboring Farmington created a kerfuffle with a #Resistance half time show.
The suburban district’s conservative incumbent GOP Representative Jason Lewis is locked in a tight race with radical lesbian DFLer Angie Craig.
At this point the election is considered too close to call.
And now even local mainstream media is doing coverage.
The fact MPR has run with it is a tell that the DFL must be afraid they are losing the edge in a district they targeted to flip Blue.