(SACRAMENTO, CA, 6/29/20) – The Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) today condemned a recent social media comment by a Tracy school district official threatening violence.
New Jerusalem Superintendent David Thoming and his wife are facing a backlash over recent Facebook posts.
Thoming’s wife shared a meme on her Facebook page – with the text “Just sayin'” – that stated: “So rioters you say country boys are next. You do realize country boys will sit 30 feet up on a tree all day just to kill something.”
In the comments, Superintendent Thoming responded, “It’s what we’ve been prepping for…” along with a graphic of a man with a blazing machine gun.
A change.org petition, “Demand David Thoming’s Resignation from NJESD Now!” by DCHS Students Against Racism, has been signed by more than 1,500 people.
In a statement, CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra said:
“We condemn this atrocious post. Any comment threatening violence toward community members is shocking, vile and unacceptable; when it comes from a top school official, it is deeply disturbing. He should resign from his position.”
CAIR-SV is an office of CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice and empower American Muslims.
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