In today's computer age, all threats must be taken seriously. A 22-year-old California woman named Denise Helms is learning that first-hand after she posted a threatening Facebook status about Barack Obama following his re-election. The status ended up going viral, causing immense blowback from the community and even catching the attention of the Secret Service.
"Another 4 years of this [n-word]," read Helms post. "Maybe he will get assassinated this term."
Local Sacramento news station caught up with an unapologetic Helms on Wednesday and got a statement from her. "I didn't think it would be that big of a deal," said Helms. "The assassination part is kind of harsh. I'm not saying like I would go do that or anything like that, by any means, but if it was to happen, I don't think I'd care one bit."
Helms was fired from her job at Cold Stone Creamery for the incident, and even solicited a response from the store director Chris Kegle. "We found her comments to be very disgusting," said Kegle. "We made the decision to fire her because of her comments, but also the community feedback."
If Secret Service deems it a credible threat, Helms could end up facing felony charges for threatening to inflict bodily harm on the President.