Troubling pre-publication note: As we publish this article, Julie Williams has still not deleted this person as a friend from her Facebook page, though she is deleting others who are complaining about the situation. Wow.
The rhetoric around the recall is of course heated. But now, multiple, fresh calls for the execution of people, specifically teachers’ union members, that are pro-recall, especially among Julie Williams’ friends, is frightening on a whole new level. Read on for a brief history of how we’ve gotten to this point. [Please note that we are opting to not publicize this person’s name in this article, though there are plenty of screenshots of these online exchanges in our possession, and others have already posted some of them].
December 2014 — JCSBW reported on the fiasco of Newkirk and McMinimee speaking at an event that was “mistakenly” advertised as being co-sponsored by a white supremacist organization. Following that report both our Facebook page and blog were inundated with vile, hate-filled messages from this former Republican State House candidate, including this message:
I AM ORGANIZING AGAINST YOU AND I ALSO WILLS TART TRACKING THE NAMES OF ALL TEACHERS AND STUDENTS WHO FALL UNDER YOUR SPELL AND WILL OUT THEM SO THEY WILL NOT GET INTO THE COLLEGES THEY WANT AND THE TEACHERS WILL BE SUBJECTED TO PUBLIC RIDICULE.
YOU ARE NOW MY ENEMY! GO **** YOURSELVES!
At the time we deemed them to be threatening not only to us, but to students and staff that opposed the board majority. Those messages along with our concern for school safety were reported to Jeffco School Security and to the Jeffco BOE.
The security response?
After reading your email and the attachment it appears that the comments and statements are not intended for Jeffco Schools but are directed towards Jeffco Boardwatch.
Jeffco Public Schools strives to be a safe and welcoming environment free from threats, intimidation and disruption for all students, staff and visitors. Our ability to provide a quality education begins with mutual respect and safe practices that are consistent throughout the District. Should you receive information that directly targets or threatens our school, students, staff or District, please forward any information as soon as possible.”
(We do think the threats to track teachers and students were a threat on our schools but we opted to not give this person any more attention, while being watchful of him.)
Now this same person has returned on the scene to spew even more direct threats to those that support the recall, stating that pro-recall people and union members should be executed and our children expelled after swift justice (specifically, he recommends “within 24 hours”) from a “conservative” tribunal.
This time his hate and threats have been reported to the sheriff’s office.
The bigger issue is WHERE he posted these threats — on Julie Williams’ Facebook page!
Because her page is private, only friends can post to the page. Now, we understand we probably all have a friend that has spouted off something we didn’t agree with and couldn’t control. But to have a friend that promotes executing those in disagreement? That is something difficult to justify.
We can already hear the excuses: “She can’t control what other people say. She didn’t know he was like that.”
Maybe — if this were his first offense.
March 2014 — This man runs for a state House seat and makes these same type of hate-filled statements. He was asked to step down as a candidate and in subsequent interviews stated that he was asked to run originally by none other than Tim Neville, Williams’ brother-in-law. Neville denied the claim, yet Williams approved this man as her Facebook friend — a man her family knew is a white supremacist who makes threats online.
December 2014 — JCSBW reported his threatening activity to the Jeffco School Board, but Williams still approved this man as her FB friend.
One of Williams’ friends had the courage to stand up to the hate spewed on her page and we commend him. Unfortunately, his post remained up for hours and Williams didn’t do a thing about it.
We can’t control everything our friends say. But we ask, would you even be friends with this person after you knew what kinds of things they wrote?
And what if they wrote was an insistence upon the execution of the people you’ve been elected to lead?
Keep fighting, JeffCo! And VOTE!
Vote for a clean slate: Lasell, Stevens, Rupert, Harmon, Mitchell