UPDATE: "Jew Killing Spree" Tweets


Last night we wrote a post explaining how @SupahJew alerted us to the following tweet, which called for a "Jew killing spree" and saying that Jews are "worthy targets":



After it was discovered that Rachel Oetting attends Truman State University here on CampusTweet, @SupahJew (whose name is being withheld for privacy reasons) wrote a series of emails Dr. Krueger, the President of the University:
From: SupahJew
Sent: Monday, January 11, 2010 11:20 PM
To: krueger@truman.edu
Subject: Anti-Semitism at Truman State

Dr Krueger:

As a concerned citizen, I wanted to make sure you were aware of very public anti-Semitism occurring at Truman State. Recently, I became aware of one of your students, Rachel Oetting, and her Twitter campaign to instill hate on Jews. She is setting a very poor image for your otherwise fine institution.

You can find her Twitter account here: http://twitter.com/rlo7311. Recently,she said:
"can we go on a jew killing spree soon? i need to release some anger and
jews are always worthy targets".
Her Self description states that she "Hates Jews."

Please let Rachel know this kind of attitude is not wanted at your school.

Given her aggressive stance towards Jews, I would prefer that I remain anonymous to her. But I would appreciate a follow-up from you on your perspective on this issue.

Best regards,
"SupahJew"

From:    "SupahJew"
Subject:     Update on AntiSemitism
Date:     January 12, 2010 7:18:51 AM CST
To:     krueger@truman.edu

Dr. Krueger:

Since my message yesterday, Rachel Oetting deleted her Twitter account, so the link I sent will not work. Fortunately, CampusTweet has kept a record of her offensive behavior: http://campustweet.com/People/307

In the end she "apologized"; however, if you read her comments about herself as well as the stream of consciousness in her tweets, you will see that what she has said is not a "joke". Suggesting the murder of ANY group of people based on their religion is simply not funny, and must be stopped.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Best,
"SupahJew"
Attorney Brian Cuban is also working some channels behind the scenes and pointed out:
While Truman is a state school and there are 1st amendment considerations, "true threats" against individuals or a group of individuals has no 1st Amendment protection.....

Rachel (assuming she is in fact a Truman State student) is free to enjoy freedom of expression including her antisemitic views but she is NOT free to make true threats of harm to others based on those views..... the Truman State Student Code Of Conduct 14.3 which states:
"Any activity that requires the student or prospective member to perform a duty or task that involves a violation of the criminal laws of this state or any University policies, rules, or regulations published in University documents..."
Meanwhile, SupahJew heard back from Dr. Krueger:
Subject: RE: Anti-Semitism at Truman State
From: krueger@truman.edu
Date: Tue, January 12, 2010 10:20 am
To: "SupahJew"

Dear "SupahJew"

We, too, are very concerned regarding the sentiments expressed in Ms. Oetting's posting. Truman State University, of course, does not support or condone violence or discrimination of any kind. Our Dean of Student Affairs is aware of the situation and has already taken action to assess and intervene in the situation. Thank you for bringing the situation to my attention.

Sincerely,

Darrell W. Krueger
President
_______________________________
Dr. Darrell W. Krueger
President
Truman State University
200 McClain Hall
Kirksville, Missouri 63501
krueger@truman.edu
660-785-4100 phone
660-785-4030 fax
We're thankful to SupahJew for bringing the issue to our attention, so that we could then continue to raise awareness about the promotion of hatred and violence online, and we're glad that Dr. Krueger and Truman State University seem to be taking action to assess and intervene in the situation.

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