A high school guidance counselor from Pennsylvania has been put on leave after she allegedly posted a threatening Facebook message directed at protesters who organized a 4 ½-minute “die-in” demonstration after Sunday’s Eagle’s football game.
MaryKate Nyman Blankenburg, who works at Central Bucks West High School, reportedly posted the following after learning that community leaders had intentions of protesting at Lincoln Financial Field: “If my child cannot get to the Eagles game due to protesters, I will personally SHOOT every one of them. You’ve been warned idiots!!”
The protests were called for in response to police shooting incidents involving Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y.
Central Bucks Schools Superintendent made the call to place the 37-year-old on paid administrative leave while the District Attorney’s Office launches an investigation, reports ABC 6 News.
“Responding with urgency and concern, we immediately began an investigation, including verification of the source, and we will take appropriate action once we learn all the facts,” said Superintendent Dr. David Weitzel in a statement.
Although many parents and residents do not believe Blankenburg posed an actual threat to protesters, they agree that her post was in poor taste.
“Frankly, it was a bad choice of judgment and it’s a little bit further because it’s a teacher and they are representatives of the community and the children look up to them,” said a parent named Debbie Stein.
Blankenburg told the Intelligencer on Sunday night, “My child might have gotten hold of my iPad.”
This isn’t the first time the Central Bucks School District has dealt with controversy. This year alone, a music teacher was reportedly suspended and then arrested for alleged sexual relations with a student at Lenape Middle School and the football coaching staff at Central Bucks West was suspended after it was discovered that rookie players on its team were allegedly subjected to “hazing activities.”