Cal Poly student pleads not guilty in threat case
January 19, 2016
A Cal Poly student accused of sending a death threat to the leader of the SLO Solidarity group has pleaded not guilty.
Charles Raymond Bird, 20, is charged with one felony count of criminal threats and a hate crime enhancement. He faces a maximum of six years in prison.
Bird allegedly sent the death threat to Matt Klpefer, 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 Dec. 4. Bird allegedly sent the threat on the night of Nov. 30.
After the threat became public, hundreds of students, faculty members and even Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong joined SLO Solidarity in a pro-diversity rally.
Earlier this month, the university responded to demands made by SLO Solidarity by making several promises relating to diversity on campus. The student group said it was disappointed with the vague response.