DA: Bucks school counselor will not be charged in Facebook threat
A Bucks County school counselor who threatened on Facebook to "personally SHOOT" protesters staging a die-in at after an Eagles game will not be prosecuted.
"The posting created and published by Marykate Blankenburg does not rise to the level of a crime," said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman today in a statement released to news organizations.
Blankenburg, a guidance counselor at Center Bucks West High School, posted the threat on Dec. 7. It read:
"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!!"
On that game day, a large group staged a four minute die-in to protest the decision not to indict police officers in the slayings of two men in Ferguson, Mo. and Staten Island, N.Y.
The threat was reported to Upper Gwynedd Township police, and the school district placed Blankenburg on paid leave.
An investigation by the District Attorney's Office found that though Blankenburg's post was "short-sighted and inappropriate," it was not made with criminal intent.
"She was both apologetic and remorseful about her actions," said Ferman. "Investigators also determined that neither Blankenburg nor anyone in her household owns or is licensed to own firearms. "