Woman Pleads Guilty To Threatening To Bomb Catholic School After They Shared Same-Sex Marriage Announcements

A California woman pleaded guilty to threatening to bomb a Catholic private school in Washington, D.C. over same-sex marriage announcements, the Department of Justice announced Monday.

Sonia Tabizada, 36, threatened to commit “terrorism” against the Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, an all-girls Catholic school, after they said they would allow same-sex marriage announcements to be published in the school’s alumni magazine, according to the Justice Department (DOJ).

Tabizada said she was planning to burn and bomb the school and that she would kill school officials and students in multiple calls made to the school on May 15, 2019, according to the DOJ. She left an additional voicemail saying she would commit “terrorism” by blowing up the school.

“The defendant’s violent threats were directed at the free exercise of a private school community’s religious beliefs. An attack upon the free exercise of any person or group’s religious beliefs is an attack upon the civil rights of every citizen,” Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Michael R. Sherwin said in a statement.

The school announced that the publication of same-sex wedding announcements would advance its position that “we are all children of God … worthy of respect and love,” according to the DOJ.


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