Utah teacher under investigation for tweeting that he hopes “more Republican senators are killed”

by Jenny Mount · Feb 26th, 2021 4:06 pm

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Last Updated Feb 27th, 2021 at 10:10 pm

An investigation is underway after a Utah high school teacher posted a tweet following the Capitol riots calling for the killing of Republican senators.

The tweet was made by Parowan High School humanities teacher Brian Townsend. A concerned parent posted a screenshot of the tweet on an Iron County School District Facebook group, saying that Townsend's tweet was "not appropriate" and "unacceptable."

Townsend's tweet, dated February 13, said, "I only hope that next time a president incites a riot at the Capitol, more Republican senators are killed."

The school district said it is reviewing an "appropriate response" with legal counsel and "investigating the matter."

"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," the district said. "All matters that affect the educational system adversely are not protected, and above all, we want to make sure that the educational process and the education for our students is protected."


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