An Orange County Department of Education employee sent tweets that expressed her hope that what happened to Texas school shooting victims Friday would also be experienced by the children of President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch.
One tweet mentioned Trump and his wife Melania’s son Barron, albeit with his name misspelled.
Even after Twitter took down “Mary” the OCDE employee’s @Sikkgrl page, critics of the tweets continued to spread her full name, position (student record technician), work email address, 949 area code phone number and Huntington Beach home address.
While the OCDE acknowledged the person who tweeted the controversial wishes is an employee, the full name and personal details spread via Twitter have not been officially confirmed.
A group photograph that is said to include the OCDE employee, with what is purported to be a closeup of “Mary,” was also posted and shared by her critics.
So were a long list of stinging tweets, with many accusing “Mary” of being “evil,” “sick,” “pathetic,” “mentally ill” and a “terrorist.”
Many tweeted that they were contacting Twitter, OCDE and the Secret Service in hopes that action would be taken against the poster.
A reply also came from the OCDE (see below).
The employee, who before the shooting tweeted criticism of Trump having called criminal immigrants “animals,” is now on leave while the incident is investigated, according to OCDE.
Ten people died in Friday’s mass shooting.
Here are some of the back-and-forth tweets:
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