CB West Counselor Blames Child for Post About Eagles Die-In
Yesterday, protesters held a “die-in” after the Eagles game. Clergy leaders with Philadelphia Organized to Witness Empower & Rebuild organized the die-in to protest the decision not to issue indictments in the police killings of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York. After the game, protesters laid in the street at Broad and Pattison for four minutes, 30 seconds — as die-in protesters have done in previous protests.
About 200 attended the protest. Some of the protesters were met with derision by fans leaving the Eagles’ 24-14 loss to the Seahawks.
There were some reports of violence. Joshua Scott Albert, who was covering the event, posted a video he says is of a man assaulting him after the game; a commenter on that video says a fan grabbed him by the throat and shoved him. The predictions of large-scale violence after the Eagles lost and some threats made online did not materialize.
One of the most notable posts online about the Eagles die-in, though, came from a guidance counselor at Central Bucks West High School.
Obviously, that’s unlikely to be something that would actually happen. (First off, the protest was after the game.) But since this woman was a high school guidance counselor, people flipped over it on social media. Central Bucks schools superintendent David Weitzel even had to issue a statement:
“I learned Sunday afternoon of a social media posting of a threatening, violent message allegedly written under the name of … a school guidance counselor,” Weitzel said. “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. The content of the post does not in any way reflect the beliefs or values of the Central Bucks School District.”
She has been suspended. The Courier Times reports the counselor told them her kid “might have gotten hold of my iPad.” To be fair, the post is stupid enough to have been written by a child.