Throw the book at him.
A California man is facing federal charges for allegedly bombarding Merriam-Webster with threatening comments and making a bomb threat, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts said Friday.
Jeremy David Hanson, 34, who allegedly objected to dictionary makers’ definitions of “girl,” “woman” and “female,” is accused of sending a series of disturbing messages that caused the company’s offices to in Springfield and New York City will spend five days in lockdown, the US Attorney’s Office said.
“You [sic] the headquarters must be fired upon and bombed. It is disgusting that you have given in to the anti-scientific, cultural Marxist transsexual. [sic] agenda and altered the definition of ‘woman’ as part of the left’s efforts to corrupt and degrade the English language and deny reality,” Hanson allegedly wrote. “You evil Marxists should be killed. It would be poetic justice for someone to break into your offices and shoot the place down, leaving none of you communists alive.”
In another message, Hanson allegedly said he would “bomb their offices,” according to the US Attorney’s Office. The threatening posts were made anonymously between October 2 and 8 in the comments section of the website and through the “Contact Us” page. The feds said they were able to trace the comments back to Hanson. He now faces an interstate communication charge of threatening to commit acts of violence.
“Everyone has the right to express their opinion, but repeatedly threatening to kill people, as has been said, takes it to a new level,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston Division. . “We will always go after people who try to intimidate and isolate members of our community by inciting hateful and violent acts. Threats to life are certainly not protected speech and cause real fear in the victims. Rest assured, the FBI will do everything possible to bring to justice anyone who commits these criminal acts.”
Hanson is scheduled to appear in court on April 29.