Cal Poly student faces six years in prison for Facebook threat
December 17, 2015
A 20-year-old Cal Poly student faces a maximum of six years in prison for allegedly sending a death threat to the leader of the SLO Solidarity group, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office.
Charles Raymond Bird allegedly sent the death threat to Matt Klepfer, the leader of SLO Solidarity and the Queer Student Union, by way of a Facebook profile with the name Mordecai Shekelburg. Klepfer and other members of SLO Solidarity were the targets of the threat. The Facebook message also included a jab at Jews.
“The day of the rope will be coming soon, and you people will be the first to go. If you don’t like how it is in this town, you can go somewhere else. We have a nice thing going here, and if you fuck with that you’re going to have some pretty angry young white man on your hands. Kike.”
University police arrested Bird on December 4. The Cal Poly student allegedly sent the threat on the night of November 30.
Bird is appearing in San Luis Obispo Superior Court for an arraignment hearing Thursday morning, according to a district attorney’s office news release. Prosecutors have charged Bird with felony criminal threats with a hate crime enhancement.
The press release describes the threats Bird allegedly made as “racial/religious.”
Following the publication of the threat, hundreds of students, faculty members and even Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong joined SLO Solidarity in pro-diversity rallies.
SLO Solidarity has ordered Cal Poly administrators to deliver on a list of 41 demands, which include mandatory gender and ethnic studies classes; gender-neutral living quarters and bathrooms; and a dramatic increase in the hiring of tenure-line “faculty of color.” SLO Solidarity says it will demand a new administration if its demands are not met.