Authorities are currently investigating a high school teacher from Utah for tweeting a call to action to “get Republican Senators killed,” in response to the January 6th Capitol riots.
On February 13th, Parowan High School’s very own Brian Townsend— High School Humanities teacher— tweeted a provocative message: “I only hope that next time a president incites a riot at the Capitol, more Republican senators are killed,” Townsend’s tweet dated Feb. 13 said, this tweet was later screenshotted and spread around the school community. However, when a concerned parent got ahold of the tweet, she took the screenshot to the school board. Due to the clear language calling for violence, legal authorities have since taken up the tweet and begun an investigation of criminal intent.
The school board of iron county has since commented on Townsend’s aggressive tweet, calling his comment “not appropriate” and “unacceptable.” However, they have also stated that they are still just in determining an “appropriate response.” They continued, saying, “His statements do not represent a statement or the opinions of the Iron County School District. In fact, the school district ensures that where it may be a matter of free speech we are very serious about protecting free speech.”
Despite the school’s delayed response to Townsend’s message, authorities have since taken up the case in evaluating possible criminal intent. In the meantime, many parents have called for the school’s reaction to include the termination of Townsend’s staff position. The school has said whether or not they will be firing Townsend. Some critics of response to Townsend’s comments claim that such action would be a violation of his free speech, despite his comment calling for violence.
ARTICLE: CARSON WOLF
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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