An 11th grade guidance counselor working in the scenic, affluent suburb of Bucks County, PA, threatened Sunday to shoot protesters outside a football stadium.
MaryKate Blankenburg, employed by Central Bucks West High School in Doylestown, made the inflammatory remark in a Facebook post, while at an Eagles’ home game at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia.
There about 200 demonstrators staged a 4 1/2-minute “die-in” to protest decisions not to prosecute police shootings of black men such as Michael Brown and Eric Garner in Ferguson, MO, and Staten Island, NY. The timing was intended to symbolize the four hours and 30 minutes Brown’s body lay in the street after he was shot and killed by officer Darren Wilson last August.
It seems Blankenburg took issue with the inconvenience this may have caused her family.
“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!!”
Bucks County School District Superintendent David Weitzel released a statement Monday.
“Responding with urgency and concern, we immediately began an investigation, including verification of the source of the post, and we will take appropriate action once we learn all of the facts. I also notified the District Attorney’s Office on Sunday and we are working with them as they investigate this incident.”
Blankenburg, 37, of Montgomery County, PA, has been suspended with pay pending the investigation. She told the Intelligencer (a local newspaper) that “my child might have gotten hold of my iPad,” and made the post while she was teaching Sunday school.
Meanwhile, the post has been deleted and her Facebook has been taken down. But, Ms. Blankenburg, I’m sure that, as a guidance counselor, you have advised students to be careful what they post on social media, because once it’s on the internet, it never really goes away.