SF School Gets Threats After False Story On Wingnut Parody Site
Credit: SFgate.com
December 18, 2013

What else can you say to people who are this crazy and hateful? Merry F&#$ing Christmas, morans:

Did you know a San Francisco elementary school suspended a student for wishing an atheist teacher a merry Christmas?


That's because it didn't happen.

But an Internet hoax had people across the country believing it did, resulting in e-mail tirades and more than 75 phone complaints and veiled threats of violence against the fictitious teacher or the actual principal. And taxpayers picked up the tab for beefed-up security and staff time to deal with the phony story.

Because of the threats, Argonne elementary school administrators called an emergency teacher meeting to review security procedures and district officials assigned an extra security officer to the campus. In addition, police have increased patrols around the school this week, said district Assistant Superintendent Leticia Salinas.

The rumor originated about six days ago on what appears to be a satirical website called the National Report, which features content designed to look like real news stories.

A story on the site said a fourth-grader at "Argon Elementary" in San Francisco was given a weeklong suspension for saying "merry Christmas" to his homeroom teacher, an atheist. The site later changed the school name to "Anon."

Neither "Argon" nor "Anon" is a real school in the city.

The story also named the boy, the boy's mother and the teacher - none of whom exist.

Now, I've been taken by parody sites too. But I have never been so enraged by a story that I thought it would be appropriate to call in a threat to an elementary school. Think about that: to be so offended by the thought that a child could not use a common phrase celebrating the birth of Jesus that you feel entitled to threaten elementary age children and their teachers. Is that how Jesus wanted to be remembered?

Parents and administrators have reported that they attempted to comment on the National Report post to let people know that this was a parody and that it didn't happen, but as yet, none of their comments have been approved for publication.

Meanwhile, the taxpayers have to pay for increased security around the school for the nimrods who think that threatening violence in the name of Jesus is a good idea.

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