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  • Special-ed teacher on paid leave after call to kill Justice Kavanaugh:

    When did people get up the nerve, or ignorance to start threatening to kill people online? I'm just curious who and when the first person to threaten to murder a Government official online!

    Special-ed teacher on paid leave after call to kill Justice Kavanaugh: 'Take one for the team'

    A special education teacher in Minnesota may soon receive some “special” attention by federal law enforcement officials after calling for the killing of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.

    Intermediate School District 917 has placed Samantha Ness on paid administrative leave for a tweet, now deleted, which encouraged the assassination of the newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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    Social media have been used to publish threats and intimidating messages. Threats have been made through YouTube videos [25] and Twitter (which hosted direct threats of violence against Members of Congress such as Senators Roy Blunt, Bob Goodlatte and John Hoeven). Concern has been voiced in the press over Twitter's failure in some cases to promptly remove threats made against Members of Congress. Kyler Schmitz's threats to shoot Senator Roy Blunt remained on Twitter after Schmitz had been arrested for illegally using interstate communications to make the threat. [26] Christopher Michael McGowan was arrested in April 2018 for a series of Tweets threatening Senator Goodlatte and other lawmakers made from January to April 2018. [27] Twitter's stated policy on "Violent threats and glorification of violence" says "You may not make specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people". [28]
    2010 legislation for health care reform in the United States saw an increased number of threatening communications and actions directed at legislators. Several Members of Congress received threatening messages. Representative Eric Cantor received a threat from Norman Leboon, a donor to Barack Obama who had produced more than 2,000 threatening YouTube videos;[29] the Democratic Party said that it would donate the funds to charity.[30] Other lawmakers' windows were broken with bricks and other objects.[31]