Cal Poly student faces six years in prison for Facebook threat

December 17, 2015
Charles Raymond Bird

Charles Raymond Bird

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.


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15 Comments

  1. October says:

    This whole time I thought the SLO Solidarity guy made up the death threat to get attention. Dang. I wanted to see him get discredited.

    (-4) 14 Total Votes - 5 up - 9 down
  2. joseywales says:

    Meanwhile after absconding over $10M John Wallace walks free. Oh thank god Dan Dow is on John’s payroll and prosecuting people who engage in low level crime, if you call exercising the first amendment a crime at all.

    (3) 15 Total Votes - 9 up - 6 down
    • Kaiser Bill says:

      I have a hard time seeing how these charges will hold up in court, but then again look at who is President and who the Attorney General is.

      How many assassination threats against Donald Trump have been muttered by the left? Are those people going to be prosecuted?

      (2) 20 Total Votes - 11 up - 9 down
  3. SamLouis says:

    All Armstrong has to do is lay low through the holidays and into June. He needs to show some courage and not give into extortion. No one will remember “the SLO Solidarity group” and their snotty/perverted/entitled demands by next fall.

    (7) 23 Total Votes - 15 up - 8 down
  4. SamLouis says:

    What a putz! All this idiot did was empower the “SLO Solidarity” group (when they were just about done with their childish whining) and make Poly President Armstrong afraid for his job which will lead to ridiculous “concessions.”

    (6) 18 Total Votes - 12 up - 6 down
  5. achillesheal says:

    I remember learning in law school that criminal threats have to be clear, immediate, unconditional and specific.

    This, although stupid, bigoted, and idiotic, seems like none of those. The defense attorney will blow this out of the water. Hopefully this kid learns a serious lesson from this situation and will desist from this kind of cowardly nonsense in the future.

    (32) 44 Total Votes - 38 up - 6 down
    • Kaiser Bill says:

      The kid has retained Jeff Stein. This is going to get plea bargained down to nothing.

      (6) 12 Total Votes - 9 up - 3 down
      • joseywales says:

        good. maybe Dan Dow will focus on real crime, like John Wallace.

        (5) 11 Total Votes - 8 up - 3 down
        • Kaiser Bill says:

          Dan Dow is a joke. He gave that guy in Los Osos who sexually abused a mentally retarded teenager a slap on the wrist, one year in county jail.

          (4) 6 Total Votes - 5 up - 1 down
  6. Side_Show_Bob says:

    A stupid message to send, especially to a group leader of a bunch of entitled little whiners that you know would react in such a way, but death threat? Felony? I expected to see something a bit more threatening and direct considering the charges. This is really stupid.

    (29) 47 Total Votes - 38 up - 9 down
    • r0y says:

      This guy is red meat to a certain few who worship at a specific narrative. Media junkies salivate and excite themselves when the protagonist turns out to be a white (gasp), male (Gasp), conservative (GASP), Christian (*BAM* – head explodes). There’s a lot here for them all to be excited about: his color and his sex. That’s enough to crucify for many self-proclaimed heroes of self-perceived, professional victims.

      (6) 12 Total Votes - 9 up - 3 down
  7. Vagabond says:

    How did this moron manage to get into a college without even basic computer science skills?

    (0) 22 Total Votes - 11 up - 11 down
  8. Paso_Guy says:

    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.

    The above is a deal breaker. I don’t know who is worse, the bigot or those engaged in extortion

    (51) 61 Total Votes - 56 up - 5 down
    • r0y says:

      Apparently, there is no problem ordering people to do things they don’t want to do; demanding others change, etc.

      This clown with the facebook threat should have just “demanded” that the “solidarity” group go F themselves and “ordered” them out of town…

      (11) 17 Total Votes - 14 up - 3 down

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