The man is accused of “making targeted death threats and racist remarks” over the phone toward a Black student at Monroe High School on Nov. 10, according to a Jan. 6 news release from the Monroe Police Department. The man is accused of “making targeted death threats and racist remarks” over the phone toward a Black student at Monroe High School on Nov. 10. King 5 News stated that he was identified as William Cunningham, 39. The phone call allegedly occurred after a confrontation at school between a Black kid and Cunningham’s white daughter.
The teenage girl made racist taunts toward the Black student in that incident, according to police.” Pushing and shoving occurred between the involved students,” police said. “The [father’s] death threats and racist remarks were recorded via a witnessing student’s phone and circulated widely via social media. “While police were investigating the incident, they learned that the father had also harassed and intimidated the victim on another occasion.” At the employment of the male student, he and his daughter were allegedly found, and they were barred from the premises.
The event comes amid claims of a long-running pattern of overlooking bigotry, hate, and discrimination in the Monroe School District, northeast of Seattle. “We recognize the anxiety and pain caused by these illegal acts,” police stated. Cunningham will be charged in Snohomish County Superior Court on Jan. 19 after the school board placed superintendent Justin Blasko on administrative leave in December after teachers, parents, and kids came forward with the claims.