Samantha Ness, an employee at the Alliance Education Center in the Rosemount School District, has been identified as the woman who wrote a tweet that called for the “killing” of Brett Kavanaugh.
In a now-deleted tweet, Ness wrote: “So whose going to take one for the team and kill Kavanaugh?”
As a result of her tweet, Ness was put on leave by the district’s superintendent pending the outcome of the investigation.
The superintendent of Intermediate School District 917, which is located in Rosemount, said an employee had been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
“Over the weekend, the district has received a complaint regarding an employee,” superintendent Mark Zuzek said in a statement. “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.”
The matter was referred to an ethics professional at the professional educator licensing and standards board for consideration on opening an investigation into her license. Zuzek said the decision was made based on the district’s harassment and violence policy, recently updated at the school board’s Aug. 2 meeting.
Kavanaugh was confirmed on a 50-48 vote Saturday, capping a fight that seized the national conversation after claims emerged that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted women three decades ago — which he emphatically denied.
Mark Zuzek, the superintendent of the Rosemount School District, released the following statement:
“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.”
Ness has since deleted her Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has since confirmed that they are “looking into” the threat.