A Keene State College student was charged with making a threatening phone call to a member of Congress over their stance on “the gays,” the Department of Justice confirmed on Monday.
Allan Poller made an appearance in federal court on Monday after allegedly making a call threatening to kill an unidentified member of the House of Representatives on March 29, according to the press release. Poller left a voicemail to the representative during which he said he would “take a bullet to your fucking head if you fuck with my rights anymore.” (RELATED: Professor Suspended After Writing That Killing ‘Right-Wing’ Speakers Is ‘Admirable’)
“Hi, my name is Allan Poller, A-L-L-A-N P-O-L-L-E-R, phone number 8931. And I just want to let you know, Representative [Name], if you keep on coming for the gays, we’re gonna strike back and I guarantee you, you do not want to fuck with us,” he said, according to the press release. “We will kill you if that’s what it takes. I will take a bullet to your fucking head if you fuck with my rights anymore. And then if you want to keep going down that path, you know who’s next.”
The #FBI has arrested Allan Poller, a student at Keene State College, for threatening to kill a member of the United States House of Representatives. He was taken into custody without incident in Springfield, VT. https://t.co/NYmbcpo8fP
— FBI Boston (@FBIBoston) April 3, 2023
Poller was charged with “transmitting in interstate commerce a threat to injure the person of another,” the press release reads. He faces “up to five years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.”
His lawyer described Poller as “peaceful” and said that he meant “no ill will toward anybody and does not believe in violence or disruptive protest,” the Associated Press reported. The lawyer said Poller “is mindful of the allegations against him and will allow the legal process to continue without further comment at this time.”
Poller told investigators that he was “emotional and intoxicated” when the call was made and that he does not own firearms.
“Keene State College officials are cooperating fully with relevant law enforcement bodies in this emergent situation. While the College supports a culture that embraces the free and open exchange of ideas, it does not condone violence, or threats of violence, as a means for overcoming differences,” Paul Miller, Keene State College director of strategic communications, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Keene State College has policies and practices to address actions that run contrary to our values; our Student Code of Conduct explicitly prohibits behaviors that threaten or endanger the health or safety of any person. The College will move forward, diligently, in accordance with its policies and procedures.”
The FBI referred the DCNF to the press release.
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