On Friday, WND reported that a photo calling for the assassination of President-elect Donald Trump was placed in the trophy case at Ordean-East Middle School in Duluth, Minnesota. The black and white photo was captioned, “You’re a dead man.” Below that was the question, “Have you seen this man?”
According to WND, the Secret Service has been notified.
Leo Huhmann wrote:
Duluth was one of only two areas in Minnesota that voted heavily for Hillary Clinton, the other being Minneapolis-St. Paul. The rest of the state was solid red in voting for Trump, with the overall popular vote going to Clinton by a much more narrow margin than predicted by pollsters.
The principal of the school was notified of the threatening image only after it was brought to light on a local talk radio show Tuesday. It had been in the trophy case at least since Monday, said Tim Jezierski, a Duluth resident who was interviewed on AM 710 The Patriot, a Fox News affiliate.
Here’s the photo in question:
The number 4 is used in place of the letter “a” while “u” is substituted for “you” and “r” is used in place of “are.”
Principal Gina Keive removed the picture immediately after the incident was exposed by the radio station and launched an investigation. She released a statement later in the week saying the perpetrators had been caught and will be disciplined according to the student handbook.
But Jezierski and others are wondering why the image was not seen and removed earlier.
“There were two pictures taken of this incident, the close-up of the ‘wanted’ picture and the second a more distant shot of the glass case. The first was taken at 5 p.m. Monday, the second at about 4 p.m. on Tuesday, showing it had been there at least 24 hours,” Jezierski added.
“And the Secret Service is looking into this. They were notified and they were not happy,” he said. “We are an extreme union town, this is an old-fashioned union town,” he told Brad Bennett, host of the local radio program “Sound Off.”
He also forwarded the two photos to Duluth’s KBJR TV 6, which ran a tiny article about the incident.
The Duluth News Tribune buried the incident in a story about students and teachers wearing hijabs, and failed to mention the death threat.
“Reports of racist and other intolerant language and graffiti aimed at students have come from Duluth schools, including East and Denfeld. On Tuesday, a picture of Trump with an inflammatory message was found inside a trophy case at Ordean East Middle School. The school and its police resource officer are investigating,” the paper said.
Kieve released the following statement:
We have so much to be proud of at OEMS. I commend our students and staff for continuing to focus on teaching and learning.
Unfortunately, students slid a threatening sign in between the glass doors of the trophy case, outside of the office on Monday late afternoon. It was not brought to our attention until Tuesday evening. At that time, it was immediately removed and we began an investigation. We were able to bring closure to the incident this afternoon and we followed district policy, with regards to the standards of conduct in the Family and Student Handbook.
Community members were aware of the sign, but did not alert anyone in the OE office. Instead, it became the focus of conversation on a public radio show this morning. I am sorry that such slanderous and judgmental comments were made of our school and staff. We do not condone or support hate in our school. We will continue to provide a safe, responsive and challenging learning environment.
The recent media communication from the Duluth Police Dept and Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is unrelated to the sign at Ordean East.
The safety of our students and staff is my highest priority. Thank you for working with me.
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