Tuesday Update: Yet Another Bomb Threat in Davis

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by David M. Greenwald
Executive Editor

Another day, another bomb threat facing Davis schools: “We also placed bombs in fairfield Da vinci, Davis senior, King high schools and yolo county library (sic).”

The email once again was loaded with obscenities and threats.

This is at least the sixth known bomb threat, and third since last Wednesday.

On Monday, Chief Darren Pytel issued a pointed statement where he alluded to potential for criminal charges.

Pytel wrote that “criminal cases have been forwarded to the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office to review for criminal charging regarding some of the local social media postings affecting the community that may constitute criminal doxing (threats or harassing communication via communications including social media).”

Police Chief Responds to Bomb Threats, Warns of Criminal Prosecution


The Davis Vanguard was bcc’d on another bomb threat this morning, Monday, September 25, 2023.  We immediately contacted 911 and forwarded the email to the police department.

The subject line of the email read, “Subject:  We placed bombs all over Davis”

The body of the email, read:

“You are groomers, child abusers, child predators and pedophiles. You will die. We placed a bomb at DJUSD offices at 526 B St, Davis, CA 95616, Martin Luther King High School, North Davis Elementary School, Birch Lane Elementary School and Mary L. Stephens Davis Library. Fuck you faggots we’ll see you in hell.”

If anyone receives information, or threats please be sure to notify 911 immediately.

Monday Update from DJUSD: “We have received bomb threats sent via email threatening Birch Lane, North Davis, King, DSIS, the District Office and the Yolo County Library Davis Branch. The Davis Police Department is coordinating with District staff to search all of these sites and have already cleared DSIS, King and the District Office. Students and staff should not report to North Davis and Birch Lane until they have been cleared. School will start one hour after the site is cleared.”

About The Author

David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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  1. Kendra Smith

    And these people consider themselves the “good guys.”

    How much sense does it make to claim you are for children and are protecting children while threatening to bomb entire schools full of them?

    The Moms for Liberty (and especially the main one) have a lot to answer for the vile and dangerous BS they have invited into our community.

    And I don’t want to hear any disingenuous BS about how we don’t know what has caused this. We effing *know* what has caused this. None of this happened until that one woman spoke up and blasted her crap all over extremist right wing sites and invited the right wing violent extremists in (and the Moms for Liberty are aligned with violent extremists like the Proud Boys and the 3%ers. They can’t deny it; it has been well-documented).

    Will they be happy and think they have achieved their vaunted, righteous goals when someone is hurt or killed, like the woman in SoCal gunned down for flying a Pride flag in her own place of business? Because their agitation will likely eventually prompt precisely such an event if they keep this up.


    1. David Greenwald

      “How much sense does it make to claim you are for children and are protecting children while threatening to bomb entire schools full of them?”

      That struck me with the first emailed threat I received. It’s like what is going on.

      1. Kendra Smith

        Keep them in a perpetual state of terror with their developing brains bathed in stress hormones. Good going, “Moms for Liberty,” for enabling this.

        Way to interrupt their educations.


  2. Walter Shwe

    The Moms for Liberty is thoroughly despicable and outright dangerous. This is the same playbook they have used throughout the United States to terrorize the populace to bow to their undemocratic bigoted and racist demands. No wonder real patriots have designated them to be a hate group.

    As of 9/25 at 11:00 a.m. that other site is still inoperative. I am thrilled at this state of affairs.

  3. Don Shor

    LibsoftikTok posted about Davis Joint Unified School District on 9/19 and 9/22.

    The 9/19 post has over 1 million views, retweeted thousands of times and over 1500 comments.

    DJUSD has now received multiple bomb threats targeting schools, the local library, and individual school district employees.

    Erin Reed is an independent writer who tracks these activities.

    A Highland Park elementary school evacuated its premises and relocated its young students for two consecutive days following bomb threats. This alarming incident came on the heels of the controversial anti-LGBTQ+ account, Libs of TikTok, overseen by Chaya Raichik, showcasing an image of a classroom in the school adorned with a pride flag. Notably, extremism researchers have previously associated the Libs of TikTok account with real-world violent threats potentially incited by posts to the account….

    Her account has regularly posted the names of hospitals, schools, and businesses that have LGBTQ+ inclusive initiatives, pride flags, or show support for LGBTQ+ students in any other number of ways.

    Such a post was made on September 15 by the account of the interior of a classroom at a Highland Park elementary school which featured a pride flag and general rainbow theme. Her post asked, “Why would an elementary school have a massive progress pride flag hanging above students heads all day?” to which her respondents replied by calling the teacher a groomer and pedophile.

    Within days, the school began to receive bomb threats, closing it down. Elementary students were evacuated to a nearby location. A message posted to the Highland Park, Illinois Facebook page noted that multiple schools delayed the start of their school days and that further updates would be provided to students.

    Raichik has a long history of targeting a location and that location then being the recipient of violent threats. Shortly after her tweets against Boston Children’s Hospital, the hospital began receiving a series of bomb threats, partially shutting it down at times. In Kiel, Wisconsin, after the account posted tweets targeting a school district there, multiple replies called for violence against the district. The district was then paralyzed for over a month by bomb threats. Similar examples could be seen in Pittsburgh Children’s HospitalDoernbecher Children’s HospitalPhoenix Children’s Hospital, and more. All in all, the account has been linked to potentially inciting 66 separate threat events, most of which occurred within 5 days of her tweets as of December of 2022.


    Anyone who forwards info to this site knows what they are doing.

    1. Walter Shwe

      Republican Elon Musk has the ultimate authority to shut down the Libs of TikTok Twitter account. The fact that Musk has decided to permit this vile Republican to terrorize anyone that doesn’t agree with their bigoted and racist views tells everyone who Musk really is. He has made his lot with the terrorists.

    2. Walter Shwe

      Bomb Threats Target LGBTQ+ Events Across the U.S. Over the Weekend
      A sinister pattern has emerged as multiple cities witness threats against LGBTQ-friendly events.
      In a dark continuation of events, several LGBTQ+ gatherings across the United States were targeted with bomb threats last weekend. The orchestrated attempts to induce fear and disrupt peaceful groups reflect a grim reality in a political environment that has seen Republican lawmakers and pundits create culture wars against vulnerable groups, including the LGBTQ+ community. This year alone has seen more than 400 anti-LGBTQ+ bills introduced in state legislatures in the U.S., many of which have targeted trans youth and drag queens.

  4. Walter Shwe

    How School Board Meetings Became Flashpoints for Anger and Chaos Across the Country

    In the first wide-ranging analysis of school board unrest, ProPublica found nearly 60 incidents that led to arrests or criminal charges. Almost all were in suburban districts, and nearly every participant was white.


    Undoubtedly the exclusive work of bigoted and racist Republicans as is every single bomb threat in Davis in recent weeks.

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