The internet and social media has given people the ability to have their voices amplified. Too often, that’s a bad idea.
Take the case of a Dakota County teacher who thought it might not be an altogether bad idea to raise the possibility of killing a sitting Supreme Court justice.
The Star Tribune says the teacher in ISD 917, who is not named because she hasn’t been charged, tweeted “So whose [sic] gonna take one for the team and kill Kavanaugh?”
Saying that, we thought in pre-internet times, is a bad idea.
The district has suspended her pending an investigation, the school district said on its website:
Over the weekend, the district has received a complaint regarding an employee. The employee has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Pursuant with the data practices act, we are limited to providing additional information regarding this matter.
Mark A. Zuzek
Others on Twitter published her name, photo, teacher license number, and phone number of her employer. Twitter suspended her account.
Last week, a Florida man was arrested after he posted a series of Facebook messages that threatened to kill members of Congress and their families if Kavanaugh wasn’t confirmed to the Supreme Court.
Democracy may not survive social media and the empowerment of the formerly voiceless.