A school in California was forced to cancel plans for its annual fundraiser after conspiracy theorists flooded the school with emails warning of a potential terrorist attack they thought was predicted in a tweet from former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGiuliani told investigators it was OK to 'throw a fake' during campaign DOJ watchdog unable to determine if FBI fed Giuliani information ahead of 2016 election Biden sister has book deal, set to publish in April MORE.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday that the Grass Valley Charter School, located in northeastern California, canceled plans for its annual Blue Marble Jubilee after the school received emails warning that Comey had threatened in a tweet to attack the school.
The tweet in question was an innocuous Twitter meme in which Comey listed five former positions he has held with the viral hashtag "FiveJobsIveHad," which included his former post as FBI director and others including a stint as a "strike-replacement high school teacher."
Conspiracy theorists involved with the so-called QAnon movement deduced that Comey's five listed jobs began with letters that formed the acronym "GVCSF," which they asserted was a reference to the Grass Valley Charter School Foundation, which runs the school.
#FiveJobsIveHad 1. Grocery store clerk— James Comey (@Comey) April 27, 2019
2. Vocal soloist for church weddings
4. Strike-replacement high school teacher
5. FBI Director, interrupted
The supposed reference, they reportedly argued to school officials and police, indicated that Comey was planning a "terrorist attack" on the school.
“The school became aware when these followers of this conspiracy theory guy started contacting the school and the Police Department, letting us know there was this plot that was being uncovered and that we had to be sure to protect the kids and the site,” Sgt. Brian Blakemore of the Grass Valley Police Department told the Chronicle. “The school never received a direct threat; it was people warning them about this plot.”
Out of an abundance of caution, the event was canceled. Organizers reportedly worried that though no attack was likely, QAnon conspiracy theorists could show up in an attempt to "protect" the school.
Wendy Willoughby, the foundation's president, called it a wasted opportunity for the school to raise needed funds.
“Not only is it disappointing that the cancellation of this event deprives the families of our school and community a day of fun and connection, but the Blue Marble Jubilee also serves as a fundraiser,” she told the Chronicle in a statement. “We now find ourselves not only out the potential dollars raised at the event, but also the money already spent in preparation.”