A California woman has admitted to threatening to bomb the nation’s oldest Catholic school for girls — after the school’s alumni magazine said it planned to feature same-sex wedding announcements, federal prosecutors said.
Sonia Tabizada, 36, left two menacing voicemails with the Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, DC, in May 2019 after learning of the announcements, stating that “we are all children of God … worthy of respect and love,” federal prosecutors said.
Tabizada threatened to kill school officials and students in one message before calling several minutes later to say she intended to blow up the school and commit “terrorism,” court documents show.
One threatened to kill students if the magazine didn’t remove “gay motherf—-s,” the Washington Post reported.
“The defendant made violent threats against high school students, religious leaders, and school officials based solely on her disagreement with a private school’s application of religious doctrine,” Eric Drieband, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division, said in a statement.
The disturbing messages came just two days after Sister Mary Berchmans Hannan, the school’s president emerita, announced the same-sex wedding announcement plan in a departure from official church teaching on the subject.
Tabizada has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime of obstructing free exercise of religious beliefs.
She previously pleaded not guilty last January to federal charges of obstructing religious exercise by threat and transmitting bomb threats in interstate commerce, the Post said.
Tabizada, who faces as many as 20 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine, is set to be sentenced on March 23.
Her attorney, Carmen D. Hernandez, did not return a message seeking comment, NBC News reported.
Woman admits threatening Catholic school over same-sex wedding announcements The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ New York Post.